‘Ursula’ barrels down on Masbate, parts of Visayas with destructive winds, intense rains

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019   •   223

MANILA, Philippines – Destructive winds and intense rainfall are currently affecting southwestern Masbate due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone), state weather agency PAGASA said.

According to PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, Typhoon Ursula managed to maintain its strength while moving westward off the coast of Capiz.

Aside from Masbate, the eyewall of the weather system is currently lashing the areas of Aklan, Capiz, northern Antique, northeastern Iloilo, and Romblon with strong winds and heavy rainfall, according to PAGASA.

Meanwhile, the southern portion of Mindoro provinces will be affected by the eye wall in the coming hours.

PAGASA warned residents in these areas to prepare as the passage of the eye may bring calm conditions but expect it to bring violent conditions associated with the eyewall as soon as it moves out of the area.

Until Wednesday (December 25) evening, occasional to frequent heavy with intermittent intense rains over Masbate, northern Negros Provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Romblon, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands, and Mindoro Provinces.

Light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms over Bicol Region, rest of Visayas, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Aurora and the northern portion of mainland Palawan.

Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures to reduce the potential impact of flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas identified to be highly to very highly susceptible to these hazards, PAGASA said.

As such, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) remains in several areas across Luzon and Visayas due to Typhoon Ursula.

Signal #3 (Winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.)

Luzon

  • Western Masbate
  • Romblon
  • Southern Oriental Mindoro
  • Southern Occidental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands

Visayas

  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • northern Antique
  • Northern Iloilo

Signal #2 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

Luzon

  • Southern portion of Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • the rest of Oriental Mindoro
  • the rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • the rest of Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Cuyo Islands
  • and extreme northern portion of mainland Palawan

Visayas

  • Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan Islands
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • the rest of Antique
  • Guimaras
  • and northern Negros Occidental

Signal #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)

Luzon

  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • the rest of Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
  • the rest northern mainland Palawan
  • Cagayancillo Islands

Visayas

  • Northern Samar. Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Bohol
  • the rest of Cebu
  • the rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental

Wife of missing fisherman in Occ. Mindoro calls for help from LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

Alvin Bantugan

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are still looking for Alvin Bantugan, a crew of F/B Gemver 1, more than a week after the onset of Typhoon Ursula in Occidental Mindoro.

According to his wife Hazel, he was looking after their motor banca when large waves came ashore and washed him away along with the sea vessel.

“Kalmang kalma iyon, tapos biglang dalawang bugso (The sea was calm that day. Suddenly, the waves went wild),” she said.

“Doon po siya naanod, sa unahan daw po siya ng bangkang GemVer 1. Bigla na lang po iyong tumaob. Bukod tangi po siyang hindi nakikita sa mga tauhan, (That’s when he was washed away. The motor banca turned upside down over him. He was the only one left missing),” she added.

Aside from his missing husband, Hazel is also worried because no one would help her repair the damages caused by the typhoon to their house.

“Sana po matulungan ni Mayor kami na makita ang aking asawa, (I pray that our Mayor can help us search for my husband),” she asked.

“At matulungan niya ako dahil sira pa rin po ang aking bahay (I also ask for help in the repair my house,)” she added.

F/B Gemver 1 was the same sea vessel involved in the controversial maritime incident with a Chinese vessel in West Philippine Sea last year.

It took five months to repair the vessel’s damage before it was able to venture out again at sea. – MNP (with reports from Von San Pedro)

Typhoon ‘Ursula’ leaves 47 dead, 9 still missing

Marje Pelayo   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Typhoon Ursula has climbed to 47 while 9 others remain missing.

Meanwhile, a total of 143 individuals were injured, according to authorities.

Based on the latest data gathered by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than a million families (1.979M) were affected by the weather system.

Also, a total of 27, 263 families remain in evacuation centers.

Typhoon Ursula has left more than one billion pesos-worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

Because of the extent of damage, 10 municipalities are now under a state of calamity, specifically the town of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro; Kalibo in Aklan; Libertad in Antique; Sigma in Capiz; Carles and Concepcion in Iloilo.

Also, under a state of calamity are the cities of Madridejos in Cebu; Borongan in Eastern Samar; Tacloban City in Leyte; and Daram in Samar.

Meanwhile, the government is currently working on providing the needs of those affected by the typhoon. MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

‘Ursula’ death toll climbs to 16; state of calamity up in Leyte, Capiz

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Number of fatalities in the aftermath of Typhoon Ursula has already climbed to 16, according to the latest data of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

These casualties were reported in Regions VI and VIII while six others remain missing.

Based on NDRRMC’s latest data, the typhoon has affected more than 12,000 families in Luzon and Visayas.

More than 10,000 remain in evacuation centers while power lines remain cut in several municipalities.

The extent of damage prompted the provincial governments of Capiz and Leyte to declare a state of calamity to immediately address the needs of the residents in affected areas. — MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)

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