MANILA, Philippines – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Wednesday that approximately one person was killed and another was wounded while about 550 families were affected by the Tropical Storm Nando (Kong-Rey).
According to NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido, the casualty was identified as Fernando Briones, 59, from Almagro town in Samar.
In NDRRMC’s 6 a.m. report showed that Briones drowned and died in a flash flood that affected 11 villages and destroyed 547 houses when Nando passed near Eastern Visayas area at around 3 a.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, the injured victim was identified as Weller Golloso, 51, of Barangay Inararan in Bulan Sorsogon, who was carried by the strong current while passing the spillway, NDRRMC reported.
Moreover, Nando also affected 2,700 people and 547 families in Ilocos Norte and Almagro Samar, respectively. At least 12 motor bancas and 77 people were also stuck in Aparri (Cagayan), Bicol and San Vicente (Santa Ana).
SUSPENSION OF CLASSES
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domongan, after the criticism received for not following the preemptive declaration of the Malacanang, declared suspension of classes in all levels in the city in the midst of heavy rainfall since Tuesday.
The class suspension covers both public and private schools.
However, as of Wednesday morning, no typhoon signal is being raised in Baguio and the rest of six Cordillera provinces since tropical storm Nando is already over a hundred kilometers away from Itbayat in Batanes, said Government weathermen.
Furthermore, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan also suspended all classes to prevent any damage due to the bad weather.
On the other hand, government offices are excluded on the suspension.
ROADS STILL IMPASSABLE
NDRRMC said that three roads in Benguet remain closed due to frequent landslides cause by heavy rains and tropical storm “Nando”.
The three roads affected by landslides are KO271+, Guisset Section (close-open to traffic), Shilan-Beckel Road KO262+000, Suyoc section (closed), KO287+200 Taba-ao section, Kapangan, Benguet (closed).
NDRRMC also added that Paoay-Currimao Road in Barangay San Juan in Paoay, Ilocos Norte was closed to light vehicles.
Meanwhile, Fongwan suspended all mining operations to prevent the past incidents from happening again where miners were stuck inside the flooded tunnels.
TWO DAMS IN LUZON OPEN
In the middle of a non-stop rain brought by Nando, about two dams in Luzon kept their gates open.
According to PAG-ASA’s update as of 6 a.m., Ambuklao kept one gate open at 0.5 meter while Binga Dams kept two gates open at 1.10 meters.
As of Wednesday, the Ambuklao and Binga’s water levels reach to 751.09 and 572.70, respectively. The said water levels on these dams are a bit higher than its levels on Tuesday.
Faye Michelle Regis
ABCom, Leyte Normal University