TYPHOON 'KAKA' APPROACHES AS 'JUAN' LINGERS
Dagupan City, July 23, 2002 (STAR) By Felix De Los Santos - Batten down the hatches – here comes another weather disturbance.
Tropical depression "Juan" has remained almost stationary, even as a new tropical storm has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said tropical storm "Fung Wong" was located east of Taiwan and has entered the PAR. PAGASA has given the new storm the local code name "Kaka."
"As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the center of tropical depression ‘Juan’ was estimated, based on satellite and surface data, at 290 kilometers west-northwest of Dagupan City, with strongest sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center. It is forecast to move north-northwest slowly," PAGASA said.
Tropical depression Juan is forecast to be at 350 kilometers west-northwest of Laoag City, or 330 kilometers west of Vigan, Ilocos Sur by this afternoon and will be 420 kilometers west-northwest of Laoag City or 310 kilometers west of Basco-Batanes by Wednesday morning and at 200 kilometers west-northwest of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning.
Public storm signal No. 1 is in effect over the provinces of Zambales, Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos, and these areas will have rains and winds of not more than 55 kph. Coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Meanwhile, the center of storm Kaka was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 1,190 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes with strongest sustained winds of 65 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 11 kph.
Kaka is forecast to be at 1,120 kilometers east-northeast of Basco by this morning. It will be 910 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning and 670 kilometers east-northeast of Basco by Thursday morning.
PAGASA said these two weather disturbances are expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and induce monsoon rains over the Ilocos, Cordilleras, Central Luzon and the Southern Tagalog regions: "Residents in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to take precautionary measures against possible flooding and landslides."
The public and disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate action. Deaths, damaged dikes In a related development, at least four people were reported killed and four more were reported missing at the height of the storm, while sections of the dike system along the Tarlac river were destroyed.
Three members of a family of four were electrocuted to death inside their home in Balanga, Bataan. The fatalities were identified as tricycle driver Wilfredo Dayo, 37, his wife Helen, 30, a fishball vendor and their daughter Darlive, a first grade student. The Dayo patriarch had touched a live wire inside their home and was electrocuted. His wife, still wet from the rain, tried to pull her husband away from the live wire but was electrocuted as well. Their children, Darlive and Darwin, 10, tried to pry their parents from the deadly wire, but were also electrocuted.
Darwin survived the ordeal and was rushed to the Orani District Hospital by neighbors who rushed to the family’s aid.
In Masbate City, police said 52-year old fishpond caretaker Rodolfo Chavez of Barangay Centro, Madaon town was swept away by a strong current after he plunged into raging floodwaters to retrieve his belongings from his home, which was also washed away by flash floods at 6:20 a.m. last Saturday.
Also in Masbate, three boys – Rodel Alurio, 12, and Almer Teburcio, 13, and a certain Alvin, all from Barangay Pajo – were reported missing after they went fishing at 2 p.m. last Friday.
In Parañaque, 22-year-old John Mark Garfin Umali was reported missing.
In Tarlac, the bloated body of 35-year-old William Casabar was fished out of the swollen San Isidro river, a tributary of the Tarlac River in Barangay San Isidro, Paniqui town.
Casabar was a native of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, but officer-on-case PO3 Gerry Paul Balagco said it was unclear how Casabar drowned.
Meanwhile, local disaster coordinating councils in Tarlac City and the towns of Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada were reactivated as the province braces for further swelling of the Tarlac river, a major catch-basin for floodwaters running down the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo and Central Luzon’s western mountain ranges.
Specifically under watch are low-lying and riverbank villages along the Tarlac river and the three flood-ravaged northern towns of the Tarlac.
As of Sunday, Mayor Genaro Mendoza ordered the reinforcement of damaged portions of the newly repaired dikes lining the Tarlac river and the diversion of floodwaters with makeshift bamboo dams to prevent further damage to the dikes.
Several newly repaired portions of the concrete flood control dikes, from Tarlac City to the towns of Gerona and Paniqui, were swept away during the height of last week’s southwest monsoon rains.
The dikes had been repaired for damage they sustained after the August 1999 monsoon rains barely two months ago by the Agno Flood Control arm of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The swelling of the Tarlac river was aggravated by opening of the Binga Dam floodgates in Benguet recently.
Tarlac City Engineering Office chief Jose Dungca said there is a 180-linear meter breach in the Tarlac river dike system in Barangay Armenia. This breach, he said, must be repaired quickly to prevent floodwaters from inundating the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) based in Camp Gen. Servillano Aquino, the Cojuangco family-owned Plaza Luisita Mall and commercial center in Barangay San Miguel, the college of engineering of Tarlac State University and an unnamed hotel resort. The dikes must also be repaired in order to save the following barangays from floods: Urquico, Tibag, Cut-Cut II, San Isidro, Sta. Maria and Sinait.
Gen. Virgilio Florendo (ret.), officer-in-charge of the provincial disaster coordinating council, said flooding is just one of the problems he and his team face as Juan meets the monsoon rains: "Typhoons normally bring strong winds."
A total of 413 families or 2,064 people from 15 barangays in Quezon City, Manila, Valenzuela, Marikina, Malabon and San Juan displaced by the typhoons and monsoon rains earlier this month are still sheltered in evacuation centers because of the floods. DOH raises alarm on acute diarrhea The Department of Health advised the public yesterday to report all leaking pipes to proper authorities as it cautioned them to take extra care against diarrhea.
Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said acute diarrhea cases have become common during the rainy season because the water system gets contaminated by flood.
Earlier, Dayrit assured Metro Manilans of the potability of their water, even the taps in evacuation centers, despite heavy floodings due to monsoon rains in the wake of three typhoons that have hit the country in succession the past weeks.
To prevent acute diarrhea, Dayrit said foods should be cooked thoroughly and stored properly as the ailment is acquired by ingestion of food and water contaminated with viral bacteria and agents through feces.
He also reminded the public that aside from safe water supply and properly cooked and stored food, sanitary disposal of human waste and personal hygiene are better ways of preventing the disease.
Earlier consultation should acute diarrhea occur is necessary to avoid serious complication, he added.
As of July 6, 442 acute diarrhea cases were admitted at the San Lazaro Hospital, 10 of which patients died.
Records showed that a majority or 67 percent of the cases were children 5 years and below, and most of the cases came from Manila, Caloocan and Malabon, the areas hardest hit by floods in the Metro Manila area. - With Celso Amo, Benjie Villa Paolo Romero and Raffy Viray, PNA
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
2002 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS
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