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2 die as ‘Seniang’ sweeps through Mindanao

 

AGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Two persons were killed, another was reported missing, and 17 others were hurt in accidents related to the passage of Tropical Storm Seniang,  authorities said Monday.

On Sunday, 65-year-old Cipriano Mik Sr. was swept by rampaging waters as he tried to cross the swollen Naboc River in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, in search of feed for his swine, according to Joan Pintal, Monkayo information officer.

Mik’s body was recovered a few hours later.

In Compostela town, 24-year-old Chris Retiza fell into the swollen Agusan River as he was trying to gather coconuts on the riverbank, according to Compostela Valley disaster response officer Raul Villocino.

In Tagum City, authorities said rains brought by Seniang caused roads to be slippery. A bus skidded and fell into a ditch in Barangay Canocotan on Sunday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 17 others, according to Senior Supt. Samuel Gadingan, Davao del Norte police director.

Insp. Cosme Masepequiña, Tagum City traffic chief, identified the fatality as Emelita Marquez, 49, whose family owns the Gold FM Radio in Tagum City.

As Seniang made landfall in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, on Monday morning, floods inundated various areas in Compostela Valley. Traffic was cut between various towns as water from swollen rivers swamped the highways, Villocino said.

At least 100 families fled to safety in the towns of Monkayo, Compostela, Nabunturan, New Bataan and Montevista, he added.

Villocino said two landslides were reported in Barangays San Jose and Mt. Diwalwal in Monkayo, destroying or damaging over a dozen homes, but causing no injuries.

Moderate to heavy and occasionally intense rains were also experienced in neighboring Davao del Norte, and major rivers such as Saug and Libuganon showed increasing water levels, the provincial disaster risk reduction management council said.

At least 63 families were evacuated to an elementary school due to knee-deep flooding in Mesaoy village in New Corella, the Davao del Norte provincial risk reduction management council reported on Monday.

The villages of Sagayen, Napungas, Camansa, Sta. Felomina and Buclad, all in Asuncion municipality, were flooded, according to the provincial disaster council.

Reden Cardinal, Davao del Norte disaster action officer, said they were still consolidating data on the number of communities affected by the floods in the province.

Tropical Storm Seniang came ashore over Barangay Bakulin in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, early Monday morning, increasing the risk of floods and landslide in Caraga region and areas of Mindanao, where storm signal No. 1 had earlier been raised, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Pagasa warned small boats against going out to sea as the storm, which packed winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour gusting up to 80 kph, could churn up waves of up to five meters high.

Pagasa said with an estimated heavy to intense rainfall of 15 to 30 millimeters per hour within its area of circulation, which had a diameter of 300 km, Seniang was expected to bring floods to the low-lying areas of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental in the Visayas; and Dinagat Province, Compostela Valley, northern part of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte.

Pagasa said the risk of flooding was worsened by the slow movement of Seniang at 11 kph.

The tropical storm was moving toward northwest Mindanao and was expected to be 95 kilometers northwest of Cagayan de Oro City by Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, it was expected to be 170 kilometers from Dipolog City as it moves toward Palawan, Pagasa said.

On Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Seniang would be 180 kms southeast of Puerto Princesa City as it exits the Philippines, Pagasa added.

Public storm warning signal number 2 was raised over Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental, southern parts of Negros Occidental, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and Agusan del Sur.

These areas are expected to experience stormy weather with heavy to intense rains with residents in low-lying and mountainous areas alerted for flashfloods and landslides.

Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, rest of Cebu, rest of Negros Occidental, Guimaras, northern part of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Compostella Valley and Dinagat Province have been placed under public storm warning signal number 1.

Pagasa said these areas would see heavy rains with occasional gusty winds. Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas were advised against possible flashfloods and landslides.

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Woolf

Looks like northern Mindanao is getting a lot of water

the Tropical Storm is moving west

 

 

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cebubird

Sure hope someone will post a simple satellite pic and the forecast track. 

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Hy H

Signal No 2 issued to Cebu so this will get heavier overnight.

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Woolf

Looks like eye of storm is hitting cebu to night

going to be a very wet night

 

 

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Heeere's Johnny

Sure hope someone will post a simple satellite pic and the forecast track. 

Track: http://www.typhoon2000.ph/activetrack.gif

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For Real

Looks like eye of storm is hitting cebu to night

going to be a very wet night

The winds really picked up in Lapu Lapu the same time some felt an earthquake. It's hitting the area harder than Ruby

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Woolf

Aborted landing at CEB, looks like second try was aborted also

 

 

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whauuwww

 

Pretty windy here at about 2:30 am until about 3:30 am

the neighbor across the wall had a shed with roof,  no more roof

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exploringlife2

Hello,

The storm has passed through Camiguin now. We lost power 16 hours ago (3:00pm Monday). Is power on in CDO and Mindanao? We had heavy substained rain for 20 hours would be my guess.

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Raven

Hello,

The storm has passed through Camiguin now. We lost power 16 hours ago (3:00pm Monday). Is power on in CDO and Mindanao? We had heavy substained rain for 20 hours would be my guess.

Only 4 short (minutes) and 1 longer (few hours) brownout yesterday, in our area in CdO.

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Headshot

This storm surprised me. I thought it was supposed to continue on its westerly track and pass far south of us, but it turned to the north an went right over the top of us in Mandaue. We had several hours of strong winds and driving, heavy rain here at my home. It looks like the banana trees suffered badly, but other than that no real damage in our neighborhood. The power went out for about an hour in the middle of the night, but it came back on OK. I am very thankful this was just a tropical storm (75 to 95 kph sustained winds) rather than a super typhoon like Yolanda (300 to 320 kph sustained winds).

 

I mostly slept through it, but for some reason I had this weird dream about Paul, Broden and a greased pig...weird. Overall, it was a pretty entertaining night.

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Woolf

‘Seniang’ kills 31 in South

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Tropical Storm “Seniang” triggered floods and landslides in a two-day sweep across Mindanao and the Visayas, leaving at least 31 people dead, seven missing and more than 40,000 in evacuation centers.

Packing peak winds of 65 kilometers per hour, the storm, internationally called Jang-mi, toppled electric posts and washed away houses as it slammed into Surigao del Sur province on Monday and barreled west toward Palawan province, where it was expected Wednesday.

The highest death toll was reported from Barangay (village) Mercedes in Catbalogan, Samar province, where a landslide buried two vans on a mountainside highway, Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan told radio station dzMM.

“The rains were really strong and people thought the storm won’t be too strong based on the news,” Tan said. “Rescuers reported hearing voices from the rubble,” she said. Tan feared that the toll of lives could still rise.

According to the Associated Press, flash floods and landslides triggered by Seniang left at least 31 people dead and seven missing, including in areas still recovering from last year’s Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

Inquirer bureaus reported 8 deaths in Rondo town in Cebu province; 5 in Tanauan and 4 in Mahaplag, both in Leyte province; 4 in Loon and Baclayon in Bohol province; 1 each in Tobias Fornier in Antique province and San Francisco in Cebu and 1 in Butuan City. Two fatalities were earlier reported in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, and in Compostela town.

However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council put the death toll at only 21, its executive director, Alexander Palma, said.

At least 19 others were reported missing as of Tuesday afternoon, including a pump boat that disappeared en route from Barangay San Roque in the Southern Leyte coastal town of Macrohon to Limasawa.

The Philippine Coast Guard deployed search and rescue teams to look for a pump boat missing since Monday night, PCG Cmdr. Armand Balilo said in a text message.

The Coast Guard said nearly 15,600 passengers were stranded in various ports in the Visayas, Mindanao and the southern Luzon region.

Philippine Airlines Express and Cebu Pacific canceled 14 domestic flights on Tuesday to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Tagbilaran in Bohol, Masbate province, Roxas City, Legazpi and Kalibo, according to the Manila International Airport Authority.

Caraga evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said 44,399 people in 10,232 families fled to 195 evacuation centers in the Caraga region as of Tuesday.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the agency had sent 300 family food packs worth P125,496 to the town of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte province, on Monday night.

This is aside from P35 million in standby funds that the DSWD field office in the Caraga region has prepared for the purchase of emergency relief resources, and P16 million worth of pre-positioned food packs waiting to be delivered to local government units (LGUs) in need.

“We have instructed quick response teams in field offices along the typhoon’s path to remain on alert status and to coordinate with LGUs so that needed assistance will be provided to survivors,” Soliman added.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said Seniang damaged transmission facilities of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), causing outages in Central and Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region. Some electricity cooperatives suspended services as a preventive measure.

A few lines were reenergized on Tuesday but it may take another day or so for power in other areas to be restored, NEA Administrator Editha S. Bueno said. Some of the 138 kilovolts and 69 kV transmission lines of NGCP serving electricity cooperatives and director customers were affected.

In some instances, power distributors may have suspended power services in flooded or disaster-prone parts of their respective franchise areas to prevent accidents such as electrocution or further damage to facilities, the NEA said.

Floodwaters from mountains

In Rondo town in Cebu, floodwaters from the mountains swept houses away, killing eight from three families, Mayor Mariano Blanco III told radio station dyAB. Nine others remained missing as of Tuesday noon. All the victims came from the villages of Liboo, Poblacion and Tupaz.

“It was not the river that overflowed. It was water coming from the mountains that found its way to the road and flooded it,” Blanco said in the radio interview.

The fatalities were identified as Beinvido Batomalaque, 58; Prudencia Ypanto, 89; Rancess Tampus, 5; Aaron Camillo, 7; Paul Emerson Lim, 17; Anabell Maribao, 60; Joan Bahinting, 8; and a male victim identified only as Pewpew.

Blanco said the Bahinting family members were staying at the second floor of their house when the ground floor collapsed and swept the entire family taking shelter.

Entire families perished

In Tanauan town in Leyte, five people died due to a landslide in Sitio (settlement) Haclagon of Barangay Cabuynan: Glen Custodio, his wife Merly and their children Joy, Mary and Jimmy. Their house, made of light materials, was buried early morning by mud and boulders falling from a nearby mountain, said Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson.

A family of four was buried alive inside their house in Barangay Cagan in Mahaplag town, also in Leyte. They were Roberto Gopol, his wife Lita and children Lilad and Linda. Their son Roberto Jr. was injured.

In Tobias Fornier town in Antique, Herman Atay, a crew member of a barge, drowned and 16 others were rescued after it drifted and ran aground off the coast of Barangay Balud early Tuesday morning.

The Philippine National Police in Central Visayas reported that a fisherman, identified as Montalban Austria, died in San Francisco town in Camotes Island in Cebu.

In Loon town in Bohol, two boys, identified as Archie Cambanay, 16, and Arjay Brendes, 15, were electrocuted. In Baclayon town, also in Bohol, Paula Upay, 60, drowned while Carlo Dapiton died after he was hit by a coconut tree in Alicia town.

Landslides

In Butuan, a 10-year-old girl, Rhea Mae Almodel, died in a landslide.

Three landslides in Mahaplag, Leyte, rendered the Maharlika highway impassable, said Alan Eway, assistant district engineer of the Southern Leyte District Engineering Office.

He advised travelers from Mindanao or Luzon to take the alternate routes from Mindanao: From Benit ferry terminal to Himayangan in Liloan then Silago to Tacloban to Luzon and vice versa; or from Benit ferry terminal to Liloan then Sogod then Bato to Baybay then Ormoc to Tacloban then up to Luzon or vice versa.

In Borongan City in Eastern Samar, a tornado swept the villages of Songko and Balud which damaged several houses and injured three persons.

Levi Nicart, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, said the tornado destroyed 12 houses and damaged 23 others in Songko while one house was destroyed and three others were damaged in Balud.–With reports from Julie M. Aurelio, Niña P. Calleja, Jerry E. Esplanada, Riza T. Olchondra in Manila; Maricar Cinco and Shiena M. Barramada, Inquirer Southern Luzon; Carmel Loise Matus, Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Joey A. Gabieta, Jani Arnaiz, Carla P. Gomez, Romy Amarado and Chito Aragon, and Franklin Caliguid and Chris Panganiban, Inquirer Mindanao; AP and AFP

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