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4 dead as ‘Basyang’ hits Visayas, N. Mindanao

By Jason Faustino and Mario J. Mallari

At least four are confirmed dead in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, due to landslide where tropical depression “Basyang” has started wreaking havoc yesterday — displacing more than 1,000 individuals.
Reports said that mudslides overcame the house of the Denguillo family along Barangay Gamuton. Killed were Irene, 23-years old, and her children aged 2 and 6.
They were rushed to the community hospital, but died while receiving treatment. The husband, James, was injured.
A 10-year-old also died after she was also buried in mudslide while on her way to the evacuation center in Barangay Babuyan.
Krista Pa-as, an officer from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said most the of residents came from flooded barangays.
More than 70 from two municipalities in Cebu were evacuated due to the rains brought by “Basyang.”
Pa-as said they are monitoring those living near the coastal waters of Barangay Santa Filomena in Alegria.
Some six families from Poblacion, Boljoon were also evacuated by the local disaster team.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Southern Cebu continued to monitor the storm, particularly in the areas of Ronda, Alegria, Moalboal, Mibglanilla and Bojoon.
Report from the Caraga Regional Police said that the landslide occurred at around 5 a.m. at Gawad Kalinga Houses, P-8, Barangay Gamutan, Carrascal town.
At a press briefing at the Camp Aguinaldo-based National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), spokesman Romina Marasigan said that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is in-charge of the validation of the casualties and affected residents.
Marasigan said that initial reports coming from the ground showed that a total of 528 families composed of 1,829 persons in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were displaced by Basyang.
She said that the affected persons are now staying in 17 evacuation centers.
Citing the report of Philippine Coast Guard, Marasigan said 2,704 passengers were stranded in the ports in Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and Southern Visayas.
Marasigan said that efforts are now ongoing to extend assistance to the affected people.
“Our coordination with local governments is ongoing to provide assistance to our people,” said Marasigan.
Basyang made landfall in Cortes, Surigao yesterday morning, bringing moderate to heavy rains in the area, the state weather bureau said.
Basyang, the second storm to hit the country this year, made landfall at 9:15 a.m.
Pagasa meteorologist Ariel Pojas said the storm will pass through Caraga and Northern Mindanao before crossing the Bohol Sea and pounding the southern part of Negros Oriental.
As of this writing, signal No. 2 was hoisted over Bohol, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and the northern section of Bukidnon.
Signal No. 1, meanwhile, was hoisted in Calamian islands, Southern section of Masbate, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Rest of Negros Occidental, Rest of Cebu, Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Rest of Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Northern sections of Davao Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
A report from ABS-CBN, meanwhile, said that local officials have prepared rescue equipment while residents sought safer ground as the storm approached.
In Buhangin, Davao City, some 200 residents walked to evacuation centers carrying blankets and mats.

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