State of calamity declared over 9 municipalities in Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   310

EASTERN SAMAR, Philippines — Nine municipalities in the province have been placed under state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo.

These areas are:

  • Sulat
  • Taft
  • Can-avid
  • Dolores
  • Oras
  • San Policarpio
  • Arteche
  • Jipapag
  • Maslog

The declaration was based on the recommendation of Governor Ben Evardone and was approved by the Provincial Board. 

The Provincial Board also approved the release of the P60-M financial assistance to around 30,000 families in the province who did not receive subsidy from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). 

Each of the 30,000 families will receive P2,000 cash aid, which excludes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Tupad and Sure Aid.

Also among those who are entitled to the P2,000 cash assistance are barangay healthcare workers, barangay tanod and barangay nutritional scholars. MNP (with inputs from Bernard Dadis)

New LPA spotted east of E. Samar may intensify into tropical depression — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Eastern Samar. 

As of 3:00 AM on Tuesday (June 9), the weather disturbance was estimated at 465 kilometers East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

PAGASA said ITCZ will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain showers or thunderstorms across Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the effects of the easterlies.

According to weather specialist Robb Gile on Tuesday’s briefing, the LPA may intensify into a tropical depression but even if not, the combined effects of the LPA and ITCZ may still affect some parts of the country as the week progresses.

Unpassable roads due to Typhoon Ambo isolate two worst-hit municipalities in E. Samar

Maris Federez   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The municipalities of Jipapad and Maslog remain isolated as all roads leading to them are still unpassable after the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo which caused severe flooding and fallen trees and debris scattered along the highway.

In a message received by UNTV News, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said that Jipapad and Maslog were the two worst-hit municipalities in the province by the typhoon.

“I have received reports that the flood in Jipapad reached up to the 2nd floor of houses. I’m worried about the people there, especially the elderly and children. I hope and pray that there are no casualties in the two municipalities,” said Evardone.

The governor added that the teams from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the provincial government, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have tried to penetrate all roads leading to the two municipalities but to no avail.

“We will try again today to access those towns. Electricity and communication lines to the two municipalities are cut off,” Evardone concluded. — /mbmf

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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