Basyang affects over 9,000 families

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression Basyang left three people dead and has affected more than 9,000 families in its two-day onslaught in Visayas and Mindanao, the state disaster agency said Sunday.

Jose Babatid and Danny Tundag, both residents of Cebu, died because of electrocution and drowning, respectively, while 66-year-old Dionesio Paler from Maasin City, Southern Leyte was found lifeless near a riverbank, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

READ: 'Basyang' kills at least 3

Out of 9,105 affected families, the NDRRMC said 1,130 or 5,646 individuals remain in evacuation centers.

Basyang, which weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Sunday, also caused 10 landslides, four massive flooding and a sea mishap.

Nearly 5,900 passengers were stranded in different ports in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Maasin, Catbalogan, Masbate, Cagayan de Oro, Surigao, Ozamis, Butuan, Dapitan, Bacolod, Caticlan, Batangas, Mamburao, Calapan and Romblon.

Some flights going to Visayas and Mindanao had to be canceled as well.

Despite Basyang’s downgrade into an LPA, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration alerted fishing boats and other small sea crafts against moderate to rough seas.

Basyang is the second storm to visit the Philippines this year. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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