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1 dead, 1 missing as ‘Bising’ batters eastern seaboard




Image courtesy of PAGASA

One person was reported dead and another remains missing as typhoon “Bising” continued to wander close to the country’s eastern shores, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, authorities reported.

Alberto Wales, 79, of Saint Bernard town, Southern Leyte, died after being hit by a fallen coconut tree, according to a report from the Office of Civil Defense-Eastern Visayas.

Still missing is 40-year-old Louie Din, a resident of San Jose, Northern Samar, who went out to sea to fetch livestock from an island.

Rains brought by bising caused floods in 66 barangays of Can-avid and Jipapad of Eastern Samar, as well as Catubig, San Isidro, Mapanas, and Las Navas of Northern Samar.

Eleven towns of Southern Leyte are still experiencing power outages, along with two towns of Leyte, the entire city of Tacloban, and the whole province of Eastern Samar.

At least 5,415 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Biliran, Western Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Leyte.

In Bicol, a total of 109,815 persons evacuated homes in Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon, the regional OCD unit said.

No untoward incident has so far been reported in the region, except for suspension of work and classes in many localities, as well as the stranding of 1,132 people in different ports and parts of the Maharlika Highway, it said.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the center of “Bising” was located at 235 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 360 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

The typhoon is slowly moving north-northwestward, bearing a reduced maximum sustained wind of 195 kph near the center and gusts of up to 240 kph. (John Roson)