Nando claims 1st victim in Samar-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- A 59-year-old man drowned in a flashflood, spawned by Tropical Storm Nando (international name: Kong-Rey), in the province of Samar, the country's disaster risk reduction council reported Wednesday night.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the fatality as Fernando Briones, 59, who drowned in a flashflood that hit Almagro town, Samar last August 25.
The flashflood affected some 2,685 individuals in 11 villages of Almagro, namely: barangays Guin-ansan, Mabuhay, Talahid, Bacjao, Lunang I, San Isidro, Panjobjoban I, Panjobjoban II, Poblacion, Veloso and San Jose.
The NDRRMC also reported that a certain Weller Golloso was injured after he was swept away by strong water current while he was crossing a spillway in Bulan, Sorsogon, last August 26 .
Heavy rain brought by Nando, the 14th cyclone in the country this year, also caused a landslide in Bontoc village, Baguio City, the NDRRMC said, adding that no families were affected in the incident.
In Benguet province, Governor Nestor Fongwan suspended classes in all levels on Wednesday due to the monsoon rain and strong winds. Some roads have also been closed to traffic due to landslides and clearing operations.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (Pagasa) weather bulletin, Tropical Storm Nando intensified further as it continued to move away from the Philippines early Thursday.
But while Pagasa lowered all storm signals as it expects Nando to exit the Philippines within the day, it is now tracking another low-pressure area, which was was estimated at 1,300 kilometers (km) East of extreme northern Luzon.
Pagasa said that as of 4:00 a.m., Nando was estimated at 310 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph, and moving north at 19 kph.
Pagasa said Nando will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon which will bring moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms over Calayan, Babuyan and Batanes group of Islands which may trigger possible flashfloods and landslides becoming light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over the rest of Northern Luzon. (Sunnex/Sun.Star Baguio/Maria Elena Catajan/With JM Agreda)