TYPHOON 'LABUYO' WEAKENS EXITING PHL / LEAVES 2 DEAD, 48 MISSING



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MANILA, AUGUST 12, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - Typhoon "Labuyo" has weakened while crossing northern Luzon and will exit Philippine landmass early this afternoon, the state weather bureau said Monday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its latest weather bulletin that the eye of Typhoon Labuyo was located in the vicinity of Baguio City at 10 a.m. today.

Labuyo was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is projected to move west northwest at 19 kph.

PAGASA said Labuyo is expected to be at 360 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur by tomorrow morning or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 is still hoisted over Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan.

The provinces of Isabela, Aurora, Southern Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra, Southern Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija are also under Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted in the rest of Cagayan, Apayao, Rest of Ilocos Norte, Babuyan and Calayan Group, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Northern Quezon including Polillo Island, and Metro Manila.

The agency said public storm warning signals elsewhere are now lifted.

Moderate to heavy rainfall (seven to 15 millimeters per hour) is expected within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon.

PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals against possible flashfloods, landslide and storm surges.

Labuyo will enhance the Southwest Monsoon which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.

Fishermen especially those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Southern Luzon and western seaboard of Visayas due to big waves generated by Labuyo.

Labuyo leaves 2 dead, 48 missing By Helen Flores and Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 13, 2013 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


A police rescue team removes rocks from Kennon Road following a landslide triggered by Typhoon Labuyo in Barangay San Vicente, Baguio City yesterday. ANDY ZAPATA JR.

MANILA, Philippines - At least two people died while 48 others were missing as Typhoon Labuyo (international name Utor) lashed Bicol and Luzon yesterday.

Labuyo, packing winds of 140 kilometers per hour near its center and gusts of up to 170 kph, triggered landslides and floods, cut power and communications, and demolished houses as it made landfall over Casiguran, Aurora.

Reports said a 22-year-old man from Benguet was buried alive in a landslide in Tuba, Benguet while a woman was carried away by strong river currents in Isabela at the height of the typhoon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 48 fishermen were missing in Bicol and Pangasinan.

The NDRRMC and the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported 471 families or over 1,500 persons displaced by the typhoon in Central Luzon and Bicol.

In Aurora province, 94 families or 416 persons sought temporary shelter in 16 evacuation centers.

At least 87 families, composed of 411 individuals, from City Camp Lagoon, Baguio, were evacuated early yesterday morning to safer grounds as floodwaters rose in the area.

Forty-six families or 192 individuals were also evacuated to Tublay, Benguet.

Labuyo exits

Labuyo slightly gained strength over the West Philippine Sea as it exited the country at 4 p.m. yesterday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Public storm warning signal number 2, however, remained hoisted over Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan as of 5 p.m. yesterday.

Signal no. 1 was up in Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales.

Storm warning signals in other areas, including Metro Manila, were lifted as of 5 p.m.

At 4 p.m. yesterday, the eye of Labuyo was at 230 kilometers northwest of Baguio City or 200 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

It was forecast to move northwest at 24 kph and predicted to be at 480 kms northwest of Baguio City or outside the Philippine area of responsibility this afternoon.

Labuyo was the strongest typhoon to hit the country so far this year, PAGASA officer-in-charge Vicente Malano said.

Weather forecaster Jori Loiz warned residents in Northern Luzon against possible landslides.

He said the typhoon would still enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing moderate to heavy rains over the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the next 24 hours.

Dead, missing

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Northern Luzon said Jomar Salicong was buried by a mudslide while clearing a clogged canal at Kilometer 14, Barnagay Kabuyao, in Poblacion Tuba, Benguet yesterday.

Salicong was the first casualty of Labuyo, which dumped heavy rains over Baguio City while moving toward the lowlands heading for the South China Sea.

In Camarines Norte, 12 fishermen were reported missing after they went fishing in four groups on Friday and Saturday.

They were identified as Jonar Villeno, Orlando Candelaria, Eddie Candelaria, Melchor Candelaria, of Barangay Bagasbas, Daet; Nestor Ongog, Alex Fajardo, Edgar Ongog, Jimmy Vargas of Barangay 4; Ronnie Gabar, Emman Jalimao of Barangay 2; Bong Babala and Crisanto Gutierrez of Barnagay Hinapaan, all of Mercedes town.

In Catanduanes, the NDRRMC said 42 of the 51 fishermen that went missing on Saturday had already gone home safely on Sunday.

In Pangasinan, a total of 25 fishermen, 20 of them on board two boats, from the towns of Infanta and Bolinao were reported missing.

They were identified as M/B Super Boy captain Ramil Rosal, Ricardo Etac, Igupan Bulig, Balong Nical, Narding Nical, Daniel Maloon, Andy Lebios, Efepanio Rosal, Dodong Rosal and Aripin.

Another group of fishermen from the same town were reported missing: Larry Evangelista, (boat captain of M/B Bon-Bon), Geronmio Igang, John Malicdem, Oscar de la Cruz, Reynaldo Corpus, a certain Pedro, Pablito Evangelista, a certain Bong, and Arren Lauren.

Six fishermen from Bolinao town who failed to return home were Jose Rolly Bagor, Tito Dagun, Gerry Barrientos, Rosenda Cas, Rolly Boy Maratas and Manding Carranza.

National disaster chief Eduardo del Rosario said search and rescue were being conducted for the missing fishermen.

Baguio roads

Strong winds toppled trees that caused blackouts in several areas in Baguio and Benguet, while a province-wide outage occurred in Ifugao, said Cordillera police director Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong.

Several landslides practically closed down the Baguio-Bontoc Road (Halsema Highway) the whole morning yesterday but it was cleared of debris by noon. With Raymund Catindig, Ding Cervantes, Ric Sapnu, Janvic Mateo, Eva Visperas, Dino Balabo, Rey Galupo, Charlie Lagasca, Rainier Allan Ronda, Czeriza Valencia, Rudy Santos, Cet Dematera, Celso Amo, Artemio Dumlao, Arnell Ozaeta


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