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TD ‘Usman’ enters PAR, threatens Eastern Visayas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Satellite imagery as of December 25 (5:20 p.m PHT) | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – As of 3:00 pm, weather bureau PAGASA has monitored tropical depression ‘Usman’ at  955km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of 65km/h.

It moves in the northwest direction at 20km/h.

PAGASA said, warning signals in some parts of the country will be raised tomorrow (December 26).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, tropical depression Usman is expected to make landfall somewhere in Eastern Visayas on Friday, December 28.

‘Usman’ is the 21st tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility in 2018. – Rey Pelayo

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Tropical Depression ‘Chedeng’ may enter PAR this weekend: PAGASA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – A tropical depression may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

If it enters PAR, it will be locally named “Chedeng.”

According to PAGASA, the weather disturbance was last spotted 1,505 kilometers East of Mindanao this morning.

It packed maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 60kph. It is moving westward at the speed of 20kph.

PAGASA said scattered to at times widespread heavy rains may be experienced over provinces in the eastern section of Mindanao on Monday and Tuesday due to the weather disturbance.

While unlikely, the state weather bureau also said it may possibly make a landfall over the eastern part of Davao Oriental in Mindanao either on Monday or Tuesday.

The tropical depression may also weaken to a low pressure area before it hits the landmass.

PAGASA advised residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides to continue monitoring for weather updates. – Robie de Guzman

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‘Usman’ death toll hits 80 – NDRRMC

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The number of fatalities from tropical depression ‘Usman’ has hit 80 according to the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Meanwhile, 40 persons were recorded inured while 20 individuals remain missing.

However, the NDRRMC is on the process of verifying the figures from authorities on the ground. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Landslide in Albay kills 15, injures 5

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018


Landslide-prone area in Albay

ALBAY, Philippines – The Albay Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) recorded a number of landslides in the aftermath of tropical depression Usman and the onset of a low-pressure area over the weekend.

In Barangay Sugod in the municipality of Tiwi, three persons were killed in a landslide that damaged their home.

Witnesses recalled that the victims, a family of three, were about to evacuate the house when the incident happened.

“Pagkatapos pa lang lang daw kumain tapos papaalis na kasi kukuha nalang ng gamit,” said Aljohn Bragais, one of the witnesses.

According to the Office of the Civil Defense Regional Director-5 Claudio Yucut, survivors in the area said they did not expect a landslide would occur in their area.

But the official said they have been reminding the residents to leave and evacuate to safety even prior to the weather system.

But since the house of the victims has been there for three decades, they became complacent. It was too late for them to evacuate.

“Hindi inasahan ng mga tao dito na lalakas ang ulan dahil nag-kumpiyansa sila na lifted na ang tropical depression. Mahina lang naman ang tropical cyclone warning signal,” the official said.

Some of the volunteers were injured during the retrieval operations for the three victims.

“Nakuha ang victim dyan masusurvive sana kaso habang hinuhukay nila nag-landslide ulit ang volunteer rescuer na-injured,” recalled Tiwi, Albay Kagawad Cristeto Cuati Jr.

Aside from Barangay Sugod, nine more casualties were recorded in other parts of the municipality due to landslide.

A family was also killed in Barangay San Francisco in Legaspi City on Saturday after a wall collapsed into their house.

The victims were identified as Mauro Alegre (26); Mia Lorete  (20); and Marco Alegre (3).

According to the mother of the victims who survived the incident, it was midnight when the wall collapsed.

“Ang bilis-bilis ng pangyayari nang makita ko wala na talaga sila. Bumagsak na iyong lupa nadaganan na yung tatlo,” Aling Lina said.

Aling Lina is calling for financial assistance from the local government following the incident.

“Lahat ng gamit namin ay ubos pati mga damit wala na. Kami pati mga gamit sa bahay wala na hindi ko alam pagkatapos nito saan kami tutuloy,” she lamented.

The entire province of Albay is now under a state of calamity.

The local government vows to provide the needs of the residents affected by the weather disturbances. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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