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‘Bising’ trail: 2 dead, hundreds of houses damaged




Two persons died and hundreds of houses were damaged in four regions affected by typhoon “Bising,” authorities reported Tuesday.

The second fatality was a 47-year-old woman from Catmon, Cebu, who sustained severe injuries to the chest, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

It confirmed earlier reports that a 79-year-old man in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, died after being hit by a fallen coconut tree.

Injured were a 45-year-old man also from Catmon, Cebu, and two other persons in Daet, Camarines Norte.

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, the NDRRMC said.

Some 616 houses were damaged and 70 were destroyed in Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Biliran, according to a report from the Office of Civil Defense-Eastern Visayas.

Two more houses were destroyed in Catanduanes and Dinagat Islands, while a port, two sea walls, and one tower base were damaged in Caraga region.

An initial P87.77 worth of damage to crops and livestock, as well as irrigation facilities, were also recorded in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.

20 ship crew missing
The Philippine Coast Guard, meanwhile, said it is searching for 20 crew members who remain missing after abandoning a ship that ran aground amid rough seas in Malimono, Surigao del Norte, on Monday.

Commo. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said the 20 are crew members of the LCT Cebu Great Ocean, which is loaded with nickel ore and about 2,000 liters of diesel.

The ship was taking shelter when it ran aground along the shore of Brgy. Cantapoy, he said.

“The PCG is still investigating if this maritime incident was directly caused by typhoon Bising or human error,” Balilo said. (John Roson)