Tropical Storm Dante nears landfall, aims for Eastern Samar — PAGASA

UNTV News   •   June 1, 2021   •   267

MANILA, Philippine — Tropical Storm Dante is aiming for Eastern Samar where it is expected to make its initial landfall Tuesday night (June 1) or in the morning of Wednesday (June 2).

Based on PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, the weather system is continuously moving towards the Eastern Visayas Region.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #2 is hoisted over Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar where damaging gale-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal #1 remains over several areas in the country due to the effects of the storm. Areas to experience prevailing strong winds expected within 36 hours include:

Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and the southeastern portion of Quezon

Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and the northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands

The northern portion of Surigao del Sur, the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat), the northern portion of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte

This tropical storm is forecast to intensify in the next 48 hours and reach a severe tropical storm category on Wednesday evening or Thursday early morning.

However, given the increased likelihood of landfall in the next 24 hours, such an intensification scenario may be slightly deterred.

Based on its forecast track, TS Dante is expected to pass in the vicinity of Camarines Sur-Catanduanes area tomorrow afternoon following its initial landfall.

Then, it will likely turn generally northward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern Luzon on Thursday and northeastward on Friday.

Residents in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to hazards associated with the storm are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

TS Dante leaves Maasin City under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MAASIN CITY, Philippines — The city government of Maasin has declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of tropical storm Dante to make use of its quick response fund (QRF) for disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The move was decided by the Sangguniang Panlungsod upon learning that the number of affected individuals has reached  14,000 out of the total population of 89,000 which is more than the required percentage prior to declaring a state of calamity.

“With the declaration, the LGU will be able to use 30 percent of its calamity fund, the QRF, amounting to P10 million, more or less, for recovery and other disaster-related activities,” city councilor,  Zaldy Olita  said.

The official added that the extent of damage on agriculture and infrastructure is still being assessed.

Non-stop rains caused by Tropical Storm Dante prompted the raising of tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 over the area. Rising tides of 1.6 meters high flooded most of the areas along RK Kangleon national highway as drainage canals choked with excess water.

Likewise, the rivers in barangays Combado and Tunga-Tunga overflowed, trapping residents along the way, some struggling in breast-deep waters. Nevertheless, no fatality was reported.

Death toll due to TS Dante rises to 6 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of fatalities due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante has climbed to six, while three others were reported missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said two persons were also reported injured. The casualties were recorded in Regions 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and MIMAROPA.

A total of 12,260 families or 55,226 individuals in 177 barangays were affected by Dante’s onslaught. Of this tally,  4,439 families or 16,680 persons are currently taking shelter in 140 evacuation sites.

The NDRRMC said a total of 23 road sections and four bridges were affected in Calabarzon, Caraga, and Regions 7, 8, 11, and 12. As of Friday, 2 roads and 3 bridges remained unpassable.

A total of 12 houses sustained damage due to the effects of the storm.

The NDRRMC said power interruptions were experienced in 18 provinces in Regions 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, MIMAROPA, and Caraga while 2 provinces in Region 8 are still experiencing communication network interruption.

Due to the cancellation of sea travel during Dante’s onslaught, 2,085 passengers, 691 rolling cargoes, 46 vessels, and 4 motorbancas were stranded in various ports in the country.

Twenty-six ports, on the other hand, have resumed operations.

Tropical Storm Dante left a total amount of P14,603,719 worth of agricultural damage, and P53,730,000 damage to infrastructure in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, the NDRRMC said.

TS Dante leaves P268.5M in infra damage — DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has estimated at least P268.52 million worth of damage in national roads and flood-control structures due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has reported that the department is already conducting clearing operations in various areas in the country. Around 270 equipment assets and 1,569 workers were deployed for the on-going clearing activities. He also reported that three impassable national road sections identified in Cebu, Eastern Samar, and Agusan del Sur.

“In Region 7 alone, partial cost of damage is at P106.2 million from P95 million damaged roads and P11.2 million damaged flood-control structures while in Region 12, partial cost of damage to infrastructure has reached P162.32 million from flood-control structures,” the DPWH said.

In Cebu, the Dalaguete-Mantalongon-Badian Road, in Brgy. Ablayan has been affected by flooding.

Butuan City-Talacogon-Loreto-Veruela-Sta. Josefa Road is also impassable, specifically the Adgawan Bridge in La Paz, Agusan del Sur due to embanked soil collapse on bridge approach.

The DPWH Quick Response Team also closed the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, Eastern Samar for possible occurrence of landslide. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes. AAC


The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel) (General inquiries)


UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.