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LATEST DEATH TOLL 45: 700,000 IN EASTERN VISAYAS, BICOL FLEE TYPHOON 'NONA'


DECEMBER 14 -UNDER THREAT Storm surges powered by strong winds from Typhoon “Nona” pummel a coastal area in Legazpi City in Albay on Monday. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ BARCIA
 Powerful typhoon barrels into Bicol, Eastern Visayas More than 700,000 people in Eastern Visayas and the Bicol Region fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) slammed into the country on Monday, two days after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility, officials said. Nona made two landfalls, the first at 11 a.m. Monday on Batag island in Northern Samar, state weather forecasters said. It made a second landfall over Bulusan, Sorsogon, later at 4 p.m. Signal No. 3 is hoisted in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon and Northern Samar. Signal No.2 is up in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, the rest of Quezon including Polilio Island, Eastern Samar and Biliran while under Signal No. 1 are Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, southern Zambales, southern Aurora, Coron (Palawan), Leyte, northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes islands, Aklan, Capiz, northern Antique, northern Negros Occidental and northern Iloilo. State weather forecasters underscored that the typhoon has a 400-kilometer radius, so its effects will be felt in places far from the point of landfall. Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, for example, are already under Storm Signal No. 1. Nona gained strength over the weekend as it approached the Philippines, but maintained a strength of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 185 kph as of noon Monday. It brushed the northern tip of Samar, a farming island of 1.5 million people, early Monday with winds gusting up to 185 kph, the state weather bureau Pagasa said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Samar was among areas devastated in 2013 by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), when giant waves wiped out entire communities and left 7,350 people dead or missing. READ MORE...

ALSO: Typhoon Nona’s floods fail to dampen Simbang Gabi in Metro Manila


DECEMBER 17 -Filipino Catholics attend the first of nine daily dawn Masses before Christmas day at the St. Peter Parish in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. AP Photo/Aaron Favila
MANILA, Philippines - Devout Filipinos braved rain and flood spawned by Typhoon Nona to attend the first of the traditional nine days of Simbang Gabi or dawn mass before daybreak yesterday, marking the start of the longest Christmas celebration in the world.
Thousands of the faithful in Metro Manila waded in flooded streets to attend the first dawn mass amid the heavy rains brought by the typhoon. Nona (international name Melor) paralyzed much of Metro Manila by late Tuesday, with floodwaters about four feet deep in some areas, causing traffic gridlock on major roads. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said several areas in Metro Manila were submerged as the downpour intensified at 8 p.m. Floods were reported in the streets of Manila, Parañaque, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City, Makati and Valenzuela. READ MORE...RELATED, Coast Guard: Over 7,000 passengers stranded... and New Low Pressure Area (LPA) spotted as ‘Nona’ slams Oriental Mindoro...

ALSO: AS ‘ONYOK’ WEAKENS, DEATH TOLL RISES TO 41 Rains, floods torment PH


DECEMBER 20 -DEFINITELY WORTH SAVING While his neighbors clutch sacks of food, clothes and other valuables as they seek higher ground in Calumpit on Saturday, this man gallantly becomes his dog’s best friend. Rising floodwaters continue to plague Calumpit over the weekend, as it has become the catch basin for waters draining from other Central Luzon provinces. CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON HEAVY rains pummeled the entire Philippines on Saturday, flooding more areas as the death toll after a week of devastating weather rose to 41, according to national and local disaster monitoring agencies. Tropical Depression “Onyok” weakened into a low pressure area after hitting land in Manay town, Davao Oriental province, late Friday but continued to bring more rains to Mindanao and the central Visayas, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Cold monsoon winds blowing from the northeast brought rains to Luzon, where large farming communities have been submerged in mostly waist-deep floods from Typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor), which hit at the start of the week. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 34 people injured, five missing and P1.9 billion in damage to infrastructure and agriculture. State of national calamity President Aquino declared a state of national calamity on Friday to speed up rescue, recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector and control the prices of basic goods and commodities in typhoon-ravaged areas. Areas inundated by Nona have barely recovered from floods brought by Typhoon “Lando” (international name: Koppu) in October. “Almost the entire Philippines is experiencing rains. More floods are possible,” Pagasa weather forecaster Robert Badrina said. Rains lashed Mindanao, the Bicol region and Western Visayas. Pagasa reported light to moderate rains in the provinces of Romblon, Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro. It rained all day in Metro Manila, flooding roads and causing traffic jams. The NDRRMC reported a weather-related death in Quezon City, identifying the victim as Carlo Dicillo, 22, but not explaining how the man died. Pagasa issued a warning of up to 30 millimeters of rain per hour in Cebu, Negros and Bohol and local officials advised residents to be alert for possible evacuation. Poor farming communities in Mindanao went under water after at least two rivers burst their banks, local officials said. Caraga evacuations READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Onyok’ may slam Davao Oriental - State of National Calamity declared following Nona’s onslaught...

ALSO: FLOODS TO LINGER IN PAMPANGA, BULACAN COASTAL AREAS -It’s Christmas atop dikes in many towns


IMPROVISED COAT A homeless man wraps himself in aluminum foil as Tropical Depression “Onyok” entered the country and brought rains on Friday night.IQUIRER FILE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO —Thousands of people in Pampanga and Bulacan’s coastal villages may be spending Christmas Day in evacuation centers or atop dikes, as the Pampanga River continues to drain water from Nueva Ecija, one of the provinces hardest hit by Typhoon “Nona.”
Heavy rain kept falling in Luzon as a result of a cold front that was dragged into the country by Nona (international name: Melor) and Tropical Depression “Onyok,” which hit the country in succession last week. Flooding will “persist for a few days” in Arayat, San Luis and San Simon towns in Pampanga, the Pampanga River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (PRFFWC) said on Sunday. The center said the floods would linger for several days in Candaba town in Pampanga, as well as in San Miguel and San Ildefonso towns in Bulacan. Floods are expected to stay for a few days in Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol towns in Pampanga and in Calumpit, Hagonoy and Paombong towns in Bulacan. The PRFFWC also warned of flooding in the riverine towns of Angat, Norzagaray, Bustos, Baliwag, Pulilan and Plaridel, all in Bulacan. Catch basins Hagonoy, which is a natural catch basin for water draining out of Pampanga before discharging into Manila Bay, has suffered from up to more than a meter of floodwater. READ MORE...RELATED, Flooding everywhere as death toll hits 34 ...

ALSO: PNoy declares state of national calamity
[Substantial damage and deaths in the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Sorsogon.]


DECEMBER 18 -President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity after Typhoon Nona barreled through central Philippines. PIA/File
President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity at the aftermath of Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) which hit the Visayas and Bicol regions the past week.
The president signed the proclamation after the typhoon left substantial damage and deaths in the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Sorsogon. The proclamation will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and private sector. The declaration also controls the prices of basic goods and commodities in affected areas, allowing the continuous provision of basic services in affected residents. "Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are hereby directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary," Aquino said in the proclamation. The proclamation will remain in effect until lifted by Aquino. Typhoon Nona has weakened into a low pressure area but Tropical Depression Onyok continues to threaten the Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao. THE FULL REPORT.. RELATED, New storm Onyok threatens Caraga region...

ALSO: Take precautions against cold weather illnesses, DOH advises


DECEMBER 19 -A Filipino tries to bike along a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Melor in suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Typhoon Melor left at least one person dead and wide areas without power Tuesday as it crossed over the central Philippines.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
The Department of Health (DOH) has advised the public to be cautious of the common illnesses that may occur during the holidays due to the cold rainy weather. ​For those who usually go out of their homes at early hours of the morning to attend the dawn Masses or “Simbang Gabi” or stay late at night for parties, DOH advised them to wear appropriate clothing as protection against the cold weather especially for children and elderly. However, people who are already sick with fever, colds, or cough are advised to immediately seek medical attention and avoid crowded places in order to avoid complications. “The cold weather usually triggers respiratory problems unless appropriate preventive measures are taken, especially in areas affected by Typhoon ‘Nona.’ Take care of yourself and your family against changes in temperature. Children and adults may become vulnerable to cough, colds, and fever,” Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a statement. She explained that personal hygiene and hand washing were key to preventing these illnesses. “People who are staying in evacuation centers are encouraged to wash their hands with clean soap and water before preparing food and before and after eating. Also, wash your hands after using the comfort room,” she said. She also suggested boiling water for at least two minutes before drinking. Garin also urged mothers with babies to continue breastfeeding. “Breastmilk is the best and safest food for babies,” she added. READ MORE...


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700,000 in Eastern Visayas, Bicol flee Typhoon ‘Nona’


UNDER THREAT Storm surges powered by strong winds from Typhoon “Nona” pummel a coastal area in Legazpi City in Albay on Monday. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ BARCIA

MANILA
, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (MANILA TIMES) December 14, 2015 10:23 pm by FERNAN MARASIGAN, RHAYDZ B. BARCIA, BENJIE L. VERGARA, FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO, RITCHIE A. HORARIO, AFP AND PNA - Powerful typhoon barrels into Bicol, Eastern Visayas.

More than 700,000 people in Eastern Visayas and the Bicol Region fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Nona (international name:

Melor) slammed into the country on Monday, two days after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility, officials said.

Nona made two landfalls, the first at 11 a.m. Monday on Batag island in Northern Samar, state weather forecasters said.

It made a second landfall over Bulusan, Sorsogon, later at 4 p.m.

Signal No. 3 is hoisted in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon and Northern Samar.

Signal No.2 is up in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, the rest of Quezon including Polilio Island, Eastern Samar and Biliran while under Signal No. 1 are Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, southern Zambales, southern Aurora, Coron (Palawan), Leyte, northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes islands, Aklan, Capiz, northern Antique, northern Negros Occidental and northern Iloilo.

State weather forecasters underscored that the typhoon has a 400-kilometer radius, so its effects will be felt in places far from the point of landfall.

Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, for example, are already under Storm Signal No. 1.

Nona gained strength over the weekend as it approached the Philippines, but maintained a strength of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 185 kph as of noon Monday.

It brushed the northern tip of Samar, a farming island of 1.5 million people, early Monday with winds gusting up to 185 kph, the state weather bureau Pagasa said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Samar was among areas devastated in 2013 by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), when giant waves wiped out entire communities and left 7,350 people dead or missing.

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Authorities warned that the powerful winds of Nona had the potential to whip up four-meter-high (13-feet) waves, blow off tin roofs and uproot trees.

They said heavy rain within its 300-kilometer diameter could trigger floods and landslides.
In Albay, almost 600,000 people were evacuated for fears that heavy rain could cause mudslides on the slopes of nearby Mayon Volcano, according to the national disaster monitoring office.

Residents carrying bags of clothes and water jugs clambered onto army trucks in Legazpi City as authorities sounded an evacuation alarm, according to an Agence France-Presse photographer at the scene.

Huge waves crashed into the city’s deserted boulevard as palm trees swayed.

Albay, a province of 1.2 million people, has become a model for disaster preparedness.
It recorded zero casualties from Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) last year because of prompt evacuations.

An additional 130,000 people were evacuated in Sorsogon.


ALBAY Gov. Joey Salceda (center, hand partly covering his face) presides over a meeting of disaster agencies in the province in preparation for the onslaught of Typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor) on Dec. 14. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Albay Gov Joey Salceda on Sunday ordered mandatory evacuation of people living in coastal, flood and landslide-prone areas as a precaution.

“If you refuse to evacuate as early as Monday morning, then save yourself as we will not allow our disaster responders to go out at the height of the typhoon. I will not be here to save you. So, follow our directives to go on safer grounds before Nona’s landfall,” Salceda said.

“We will be giving you food ration, five kilos of rice and canned goods for your food allocation but please be on the designated evacuation areas as soon as possible for your safety,” the governor added.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal convened the city disaster officials on Monday morning where he imposed the mandatory evacuation of villagers living in coastal areas and at the foot of Mayon Volcano.

“We want the residents living at the foot of Mayon Volcano to be evacuated immediately as Typhoon Nona will be bringing in torrential rains, which might cause flooding and remobilize volcanic materials from upper slopes to low lying areas,” Rosal said.

Similarly, he ordered residents living in the coastal areas to be evacuated to safety. “Food is ready to be distributed to our evacuees,” he added.

The Diocese of Legazpi led by Bishop Joel Baylon reinstituted the harong program to help poor families in the evacuation areas.

Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense regional director and regional disaster-management chairman in Bicol, told The Manila Times, “Our response teams are ready…we will do our very best to attain the zero casualty goal of the government.”

The typhoon is expected to cut across the central heartland in the early hours of Tuesday before heading out to the South China Sea.

Stormy weather has forced the cancellation of 40 domestic flights and halted 625 passenger and cargo ferry trips, authorities said.


A resident walks past big waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in the city of Legazpi in Albay province, south of Manila on Dec. 14, as typhoon Nona approaches the city. -- AFP

The government had prepared more than 200,000 food packs and other emergency items before the storm’s landfall, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman told dzMM radio.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons annually.

Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu), the last deadly storm to hit the country, killed 54 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes after it pummeled the North in October.

Class suspensions

Classes have been suspended in various areas on Tuesday because of the expected onslaught of Nona.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the following local government units have declared suspension of classes on Tuesday as posted on the official Facebook page of the Department of Education: Batangas City (all levels), Masbate (all levels) and Oriental Mindoro (all levels up to December 16).

Red alert
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) went on red alert ahead of the typhoon’s expected landfall in Sorsogon province on Monday night.

The NDRRMC said the red alert was raised to “ensure dissemination of weather advisories and 24-hour public weather forecasts” to all of its regional offices.

It added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government has alerted all local government officials in areas that are in the projected path of the typhoon.

The NDRRMC said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development had pre-positioned P25 million in standby funds, 263,223 family food packs and P185 million million worth of food and non-food items in its fields offices in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Metro Manila.

The military has ordered its units to monitor landslide- and flood-prone areas.

The NDRRMC said the Armed Forces has been directed to assist in preemptive evacuation of residents in areas at risk from the effects of the approaching typhoon.

The Naval Forces Northern Luzon has readied its patrol boats for rescue and evacuation efforts while the Southern Luzon Command placed its helicopters and Quick Response Disaster Response Operations teams on standby.

The Department of Health has also placed hospitals in areas in the path of the typhoon on code white alert, which refers to the preparedness of hospital manpower to respond to any emergency situation.

Disaster response troops, equipment and supplies were prepositioned to disaster-prone areas threatened by Nona in Luzon and the Visayas as Oplan Saklolo went into full swing ahead of the typhoon’s expected landfall, Police Director Wilfredo Franco, PNP Director for Police Community Relations and concurrent Task Group Commander, said.

Franco added that the National Headquarters Disaster Incident Management Task Group (NHQ-DIMTG) was activated to coordinate all disaster response operations of PNP units in areas along the path of Nona.

Flights grounded

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) shut down the Legazpi Airport on Monday.

At least 483 passengers in Legazpi Airport were already affected by flight cancellations, CAAP said.

Ninety passengers of Philippine Airlines bound for Manila were also affected by the flight cancellation.

The CAAP said the Tacloban Airport has conducted disaster action procedures..
The airports in Catarman, Calbayog, Ormoc, Hilongos and Maasin (all in Samar and Leyte) have been secured.

Provincial buses halted

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) also on Monday ordered a halt in operations of provincial buses with RORO (roll-on/roll-off) routes in areas affected by Typhoon Nona.

In an order signed by LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez, the board noted that the order was made upon recommendation of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

LTFRB board member Ariel Inton said as soon as the typhoon leaves the country, normal operations will resume.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) suspended the operations of the Pasig River Ferry System also on Monday after Metro Manila was placed under Signal No. 1.
MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez said whenever Metro Manila is under a storm signal, operation of the Pasig Ferry is automatically suspended.

Court schedules

The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed executive judges to suspend work at trial courts in areas affected or set to be affected by the typhoon.

In an advisory from the SC Public Information Office, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno authorized the trial court executive judges “to take all necessary measures, including suspension of work.”

Power lines hit

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) also on Monday reported that its transmission line in the Visayas have been affected by Typhoon Nona.

One Response to 700,000 flee ‘Nona’
Conrado Alcantara says:
December 15, 2015 at 3:47 am
Kudos to the leaders of the province of Albay they always do a good job in taking care of people specially during disasters.So far Governor Joey Salceda is the best governor in the Philippines.


PHILSTAR

Nona’s floods fail to dampen Simbang Gabi in Metro Manila By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 17, 2015 - 12:00am 0 9 googleplus0 0


Filipino Catholics attend the first of nine daily dawn Masses before Christmas day at the St. Peter Parish in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines - Devout Filipinos braved rain and flood spawned by Typhoon Nona to attend the first of the traditional nine days of Simbang Gabi or dawn mass before daybreak yesterday, marking the start of the longest Christmas celebration in the world.

Thousands of the faithful in Metro Manila waded in flooded streets to attend the first dawn mass amid the heavy rains brought by the typhoon.

Nona (international name Melor) paralyzed much of Metro Manila by late Tuesday, with floodwaters about four feet deep in some areas, causing traffic gridlock on major roads.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said several areas in Metro Manila were submerged as the downpour intensified at 8 p.m.

Floods were reported in the streets of Manila, Parañaque, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City, Makati and Valenzuela.

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The streets of Parañaque, Pasay, Makati and Quezon City registered an average eight to 10 inches of flood.

The most affected were the streets in Valenzuela with an average of 10 to 20 inches deep in floods.

On Tuesday, the MMDA had raised its yellow alert for Nona as it prepared for possible flooding.

MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said coordination was made with several local government units in Metro Manila.

“We have asked the different LGUs at national agencies of their preparations. Based on their report, they are ready to cope with the floods,” Carlos said.

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PCG: Over 7,000 passengers stranded By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 15, 2015 - 4:10pm 3 4 googleplus0 0


The number of passengers stranded again hiked to over 7,000. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday afternoon reported that the number of stranded passengers in various ports nationwide due to Typhoon Nona increased to over 7,000.

After the number of stranded passengers dropped at 6,828 on Tuesday morning, PCG said it again rose to 7,640, 12 noon of Tuesday.

On Monday, PCG reported that 6,795 passengers stranded in the afternoon and 7,366 in the evening.

PCG also reported that the stranded vehicles include 152 vessels, 45 motor bancas and 1,023 rolling cargoes.

List of stranded passengers and sea vehicles per area on December 15: Central Luzon – 115 passengers, 1 vessel, 2 rolling cargoes

Central Visayas – 1,611 passengers, 35 vessels, 1 motor banca, 4 rolling cargoes

Palawan – 626 passengers, 6 vessels

Southern Tagalog – 2,327 passengers, 20 vessels, 16 motor bancas, 317 rolling cargoes

Western Visayas – 473 passengers, 74 vessels, 15 motor bancas,189 rolling cargoes

Eastern Visayas – 1,509 passengers, 6 vessels, 3 motor bancas, 328 rolling cargoes

Northeastern Luzon – 11 passengers, 1 vessel, 5 motor bancas

Bicol – 968 passengers, 9 vessels, 5 motor bancas, 190 rolling cargoes

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New LPA spotted as ‘Nona’ slams Oriental Mindoro By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 12:08 PM December 15th, 2015 Nona


New LPA (Low Pressure Area)

A hazy satellite photo from the Pagasa website shows a large low pressure area east of southeastern Mindanao, while typhoon ‘Nona’ covers much of Luzon. PAGASA WEBSITE

Typhoon “Nona” (international name Melor) made its fifth landfall in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro, on Tuesday morning as the weather bureau spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) east of the country.

In a televised press briefing, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the typhoon hit land anew at 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the new LPA was spotted 1,800 kilometers east southeast of Mindanao.

Nona packed maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 170 kph.

Aurelio said the typhoon would weaken into a tropical storm and exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday as a low pressure area.

Nona moved westward at 15 kph and will bring rain within its 250 kilometer radius. It will exit the Philippine landmass on Tuesday afternoon.

Storm signals were raised in the following areas:

Signal No. 3

Calamian group of Islands, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

Signal No. 2

Marinduque, Romblon and Batangas

Signal No. 1

Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Burias Island and Northern Palawan, including Cuyo Island

Flashfloods and landslides can be expected in the areas under Signals No. 2 and 3. Storm surges of up to 2 meters are also likely, Aurelio said.


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FLOODS TO LINGER IN PAMPANGA, BULACAN COASTAL AREAS: It’s Christmas atop dikes in many towns By: Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Tonette Orejas @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Central Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:59 PM December 20th, 2015


IMPROVISED COAT A homeless man wraps himself in aluminum foil as Tropical Depression “Onyok” entered the country and brought rains on Friday night.IQUIRER FILE

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO —Thousands of people in Pampanga and Bulacan’s coastal villages may be spending Christmas Day in evacuation centers or atop dikes, as the Pampanga River continues to drain water from Nueva Ecija, one of the provinces hardest hit by Typhoon “Nona.”

Heavy rain kept falling in Luzon as a result of a cold front that was dragged into the country by Nona (international name: Melor) and Tropical Depression “Onyok,” which hit the country in succession last week.

Flooding will “persist for a few days” in Arayat, San Luis and San Simon towns in Pampanga, the Pampanga River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (PRFFWC) said on Sunday.

The center said the floods would linger for several days in Candaba town in Pampanga, as well as in San Miguel and San Ildefonso towns in Bulacan.

Floods are expected to stay for a few days in Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol towns in Pampanga and in Calumpit, Hagonoy and Paombong towns in Bulacan.

The PRFFWC also warned of flooding in the riverine towns of Angat, Norzagaray, Bustos, Baliwag, Pulilan and Plaridel, all in Bulacan.

Catch basins

Hagonoy, which is a natural catch basin for water draining out of Pampanga before discharging into Manila Bay, has suffered from up to more than a meter of floodwater.

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In villages in Calumpit, also a natural catch basin, floodwater rose to 3 meters in some neighborhoods.

“Our home has been flooded up to the waist. It has been flooded for more than two days,” Mary Jane Bautista, 35, said in Calumpit, Bulacan.

Her family and several others were forced to take refuge on nearby high ground—in front of a church where their only shelter was the awning over the entrance.


REFUGE FROM THE STORM The San Isidro Labrador Chapel took in two families from Barangay IbaO’Este in Calumpit town, Bulacan province, whose houses were flooded on Saturday due to the rains spawned by Typhoon “Nona.” The chapel had to suspend its 7 p.m.Mass to accommodate the evacuees. CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE

“My husband has to wade through the waters to go home to get supplies. If we need water, he has to go to the faucet in our kitchen,” she said, expressing fears the current could wash him away.

“We had some food but it just ran out,” she said, complaining that government relief items had not yet reached her.

Around her the streets had turned into fast-moving rivers, passable only to rowboats and people using inner tubes.

“It (the flood) really takes a long time to recede because this is the lowest area,” said Glenn Diwa, an officer with the regional disaster council.

Evacuation centers

Diwa said more than 54,000 people in Central Luzon were huddling in government evacuation centers.

Calumpit Mayor Jessie de Jesus said this was the second time in less than two months that his town was struck by floods. In October, floods rampaged through the town due to rains dumped by Typhoon “Lando.”

Calumpit and Hagonoy also experienced two floods in succession in 2004, De Jesus said. “This week’s flood, however, is far more widespread [compared to Calumpit’s 2004 experience],” he said.

He said residents were worried about the excess water released by the Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams in Bulacan.

Angat opened a floodgate on Saturday afternoon after runoff rainwater rose beyond the reservoir’s spilling point of 212 meters above sea level. On Sunday, its reservoir level was 215.92 masl.

In Pampanga, 62 villages in Arayat, Apalit, Candaba, Masantol, Macabebe, San Luis and San Simon remained flooded on Sunday, according to a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Generally good weather

Amid the flooding, the country can look forward to generally good weather this week.

In its forecast for the week up to Dec. 25, the weather bureau said the “whole country will generally have improved weather” with only isolated rains and thunderstorms.

The low-pressure area residue from the northeast monsoon was expected to weaken this week, said forecaster Aldczar Aurelio of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

It combined with the tail end of a cold front in the wake of Nona to cause flash floods over most of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

Onyok dissipated early Sunday over Mindanao.

For Dec. 21, however, Pagasa warned that Aurora and Quezon provinces would continue to be threatened by flash floods and landslides due to moderate to heavy monsoon rains.

The Bicol region will continue to experience light to moderate rains due to the tail end of a cold front, the weather bureau said. The rest of Luzon will have light rains, while the Visayas and Mindanao will have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

“There is no weather disturbance within the next three days,” Aurelio said. With a report from AFP

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Flooding everywhere as death toll hits 34 By Janvic Mateo and Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2015 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Flooded roads cause heavy traffic along Roxas Boulevard in Baclaran, Parañaque City yesterday. Edd Gumban

MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains drenched the entire country yesterday, flooding several areas in Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon even as a low-pressure area continued to affect the Visayas and Mindanao.

The week-long weather disturbances left at least 34 people dead, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said two weather systems have been bringing rains over the entire archipelago.

Tropical Depression Onyok further weakened into a low-pressure area but it brought heavy rains in the Visayas and Mindanao region.

On the other hand, the cold winds of the northeast monsoon brought rains to Luzon, where large farming communities have been submerged in waist-deep floods from Typhoon Nona, which hit at the start of the week.

“Almost the entire Philippines is experiencing rains. More floods are possible,” PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Badrina said.

“We expect the rains to peak today. The weather will start to improve tomorrow,” he added.

President Aquino on Friday declared a state of national calamity to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-hit areas, particularly in Central Visayas and Southern Luzon that bore the brunt of Typhoon Nona.

Nona induced the northeast monsoon that brought heavy rains and submerged several provinces in Central Luzon and inundated areas in Northern Luzon as well.

Several dams located in Bulacan and Isabela were forced to release water after the continuous rains breached their water elevation levels.

The La Mesa Dam in Metro Manila was also placed under yellow alert as its water level reached 79.80 or 35 millimeters below spilling level.

Rain alert Onyok, on the other hand, struck the Mindanao mainland on Friday and has weakened into a low-pressure area.

As of 4 p.m., PAGASA said Onyok was estimated to be in the vicinity of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

“This weather system and the tail-end of a cold front will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Caraga Region, Central and Eastern Visayas and the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Aurora and Quezon,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA warned of possible flashfloods and landslides and cautioned residents to take necessary precautionary measures.

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Meanwhile, the weather bureau placed northern Quezon, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal under orange rainfall warning level yesterday afternoon due to heavy rains caused by the northeast monsoon.

PAGASA warned of possible flooding in these provinces.

A yellow warning was also raised in Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor, which experienced moderate to heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon.

Floods heavily affected the towns of Calumpit, Hagonoy and Pulilan, all in Bulacan.


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The Philippine Coast Guard said they have rescued five people who were trapped in their homes in a remote village in Calumpit that was submerged.

“Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will affect portions of Zambales and Pampanga,” PAGASA added.

“These information are based on current radar trends and all available meteorological data. The public and (regional) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions,” it said.

PAGASA warned of up to 30 millimeters of rain per hour in Cebu, Negros and Bohol, while residents were advised to be on alert for possible evacuation.

A total of 6,581 people were evacuated from the Caraga region in Mindanao before Onyok made landfall late Friday.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths from the region.

However, NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said they are monitoring the situation in the Caraga region and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because the heavy rains could trigger deadly landslides.

Pama added a total of 96 areas in Cagayan, Valley, Central Luzon and Metro Manila are flooded.

Casualties Pama added 13 of the 34 casualties from Typhoon Nona were from the region of Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon and Palawan).

The rest were from Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Bicol, Metro Manila and Eastern Visayas, he said.

Five others remain missing while 24 people were injured in Nona’s onslaught.

Initial reports said three people were killed in a landslide in Real, Quezon yesterday.

The landslide also buried four houses, reports said.

Initial reports from various field sources also indicated the death toll could have reached 57 but they have yet to be verified by the NDRRMC.

A total of 74,573 families or 362,753 people from five cities, 72 towns and 13 provinces in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog region, Bicol region and Eastern Visayas have been evacuated.

Pama added that the cost of damage caused by Nona to agriculture and infrastructure has ballooned to P1.6 billion.

About 166,552 houses were damaged in typhoon-battered regions.

Power has yet to be restored in eight cities and 45 municipalities. Some 42 roads, meanwhile, and 21 bridges remain impassable. –Ramon Efren Lazaro, Ghio Ong, Raymund Catindig, Mike Frialde, Ric Sapnu, Edith Regalado, Ben Serrano, Rudy Santos, Evelyn Macairan, Celso Amo

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TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION – Flattened houses, a toppled electric post and other debris strewn about, and these are what’s left of this portion of Barangay Poblacion in Barcelona, Sorsogon where typhoon ‘Nona’ rampaged with winds of as strong as 150 kph Monday night. Kagawad Ada Baldosa said more than 75 houses were totally destroyed by ‘Nona’ in Barangay Poblacion alone and they are asking authorities to, at least, provide them with tents for temporary shelter. (Niño Luces)

Wide areas in Bicol, the Visayas, and Southern Tagalog region were plunged into darkness yesterday as powerful typhoon “Nona” (international name Melor) barreled into the coconut-growing regions, causing flooding, storm surges, and forcing almost 800,000 people to evacuate their homes, officials said.

Christmas lanterns and lights, tin roofs and branches littered the streets of Legazpi City in Albay, which was battered by strong winds.

People who fled from their coastal homes spent a sleepless night in evacuation centers, sprawled on classroom tables and chairs as flying debris swirled around outside.

Nona whipped the vast Bicol peninsula, with a population of 5.4 million people, overnight after battering the Samar provinces. It then slammed into the Romblon islands Tuesday morning.

The storm, packing winds of 140 kph, was about 40 km (25 mile) north-northeast of Romblon island early Tuesday, moving west and weakening after making its fifth and probably last landfall in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro, at 11 a.m yesterday.

As of reporting time, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said power outage was being experienced in nine provinces due to tripping of transmission lines. The areas reported without power include Real, Pitogo, Perez, and Alabat in Quezon; Marinduque, Romblon, Sorsogon, Albay, portions of Camarines Sur, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Samar.

Romblon residents reported heavy rain and strong winds from midnight. Power was cut as transmission lines and electric posts came down.

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Alexander Pama, NDRRMC executive director, said nearly 800,000 people had been evacuated to shelter areas.

Media reported that three people had been killed on Samar island, where Nona first made landfall on Monday, although this could not immediately be confirmed. When it made its first landfall, Nona was packing sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of 185 kph.


Dark Christmas in typhoon areas. FROM (The Philippine Star)  -Children read rain-soaked school books being dried on a fallen coconut tree in Barcelona town, Sorsogon where Typhoon Nona made its second landfall last Monday. In the background is one of the houses damaged by the typhoon. EDD GUMBAN

But the NDRRMC only confirmed the death of Pascual Ausente Jr., 31, who was hit by a piece of galvanized iron roofing sheet blown by strong winds from the typhoon.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the typhoon-prone Bicol region, where 720,000 people were evacuated as early as the weekend.

“We have zero floods, zero deaths, zero casualties,” Albay Governor Joey Salceda told ABS-CBN television.

“What we are asking for is the early restoration of electricity,” he said, adding the entire province of 1.2 million people was without power.

Power services in six central provinces were disrupted and emergency teams were assessing damage to agriculture and infrastructure, Pama said.

Schools and some offices were closed. The NDRRMC said 16 domestic flights were cancelled yesterday, while another 56 flights were cancelled Monday. Ferry services were likewise cancelled, stranding 6,902 passengers. Fishing fleet took shelter due to waves as high as 14 meters.

Nona first made a landfall in Batag Island, Laoang, Northern Samar, at around 11 a.m. Monday. At around 4 p.m. that same day, Nona made its second landfall in Bulusan, Sorsogon, and and its third in Burias Island at 9:45 p.m.

At 5:30 a.m. yesterday, Nona made its fourth landfall in Banton, Romblon.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Nona will continue to gradually weaken while on its way to the West Philippine Sea.


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He said public storm warning signals in some areas have been lifted but signal No. 3 remains hoisted over Calamian group of islands, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island, and signal No. 2 over Marinduque, Romblon, and Batangas.

PAGASA warned of possible flash floods and landslides over areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 3. Storm surges of up to 2 meters are possible, as well.

Meanwhile, signal No. 1 is still up over Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Burias Island, northern Palawan including Cuyo Island, Aklan, and Antique.

By Wednesday morning, Nona will be 250 kilometers (km) west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, and 320 km west of Coron, Palawan, by Thursday morning.

By Friday morning, it is expected to be 430 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, or outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

However, as Nona leaves the country’s vicinity, another potential cyclone may enter the PAR by Friday.

Aurelio said the low pressure area (LPA) was about 1,800 km east-southeast of Mindanao before Tuesday noon. It was moving west toward the country.

Once it intensifies into tropical depression inside the PAR, it will be given a local name of “Onyok,” the 15th tropical cyclone to affect the country this year and second this month.

An average of 20 typhoons pass through the country every year.

PCSO ASSISTANCE

Meanwhile, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) assured yesterday its readiness to respond to the needs of affected residents.

The charity agency is on standby to provide assistance to those affected by the typhoon.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II issued the statement, saying the agency’s “branch offices in the Visays and the Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region (in Luzon) have been placed on alert and are ready to extend any needed assistance.”

It was recalled the PCSO in times of natural disasters and national emergencies has been providing medical and health-related services to victims.

PCSO is shouldering the cost of medical treatment in government hospitals for victims directly affected by natural disasters and national emergencies in fulfillment of its mandate.

The agency said its Charity Sector headed by Assistant General Manager Dr. Larry Cedro also directed its Special Projects division “to coordinate with the concerned branch offices regarding the appropriate calamity assistance that the (PCSO) can provide to the families.”

The agency will also distribute relief goods as needed in coordination with PCSO branches and local government units (LGUs).

One of its assistance is the Family Emergency Medicine (FEM) kits containing basic medicines which it had provided in the past. (With a report from Edd K. Usman) (REUTERS, ELENA L. ABEN, ELLALYN B. DE VERA, and AFP)


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AS ‘ONYOK’ WEAKENS, DEATH TOLL RISES TO 41: Rains, floods torment PH By: Inquirer bureaus and staff @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:31 AM December 20th, 2015


DEFINITELY WORTH SAVING While his neighbors clutch sacks of food, clothes and other valuables as they seek higher ground in Calumpit on Saturday, this man gallantly becomes his dog’s best friend. Rising floodwaters continue to plague Calumpit over the weekend, as it has become the catch basin for waters draining from other Central Luzon provinces. CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

HEAVY rains pummeled the entire Philippines on Saturday, flooding more areas as the death toll after a week of devastating weather rose to 41, according to national and local disaster monitoring agencies.

Tropical Depression “Onyok” weakened into a low pressure area after hitting land in Manay town, Davao Oriental province, late Friday but continued to bring more rains to Mindanao and the central Visayas, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Cold monsoon winds blowing from the northeast brought rains to Luzon, where large farming communities have been submerged in mostly waist-deep floods from Typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor), which hit at the start of the week.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 34 people injured, five missing and P1.9 billion in damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

State of national calamity

President Aquino declared a state of national calamity on Friday to speed up rescue, recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector and control the prices of basic goods and commodities in typhoon-ravaged areas.

Areas inundated by Nona have barely recovered from floods brought by Typhoon “Lando” (international name: Koppu) in October.

“Almost the entire Philippines is experiencing rains. More floods are possible,” Pagasa weather forecaster Robert Badrina said.

Rains lashed Mindanao, the Bicol region and Western Visayas.

Pagasa reported light to moderate rains in the provinces of Romblon, Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro.

It rained all day in Metro Manila, flooding roads and causing traffic jams.

The NDRRMC reported a weather-related death in Quezon City, identifying the victim as Carlo Dicillo, 22, but not explaining how the man died.

Pagasa issued a warning of up to 30 millimeters of rain per hour in Cebu, Negros and Bohol and local officials advised residents to be alert for possible evacuation.

Poor farming communities in Mindanao went under water after at least two rivers burst their banks, local officials said.

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Close to 10,000 people were evacuated from flood-prone areas of Caraga before Onyok hit land on Friday night.

In Agusan del Sur province, large portions of the national highway were inundated after a nearby river burst its banks, regional civil defense officer Manuel Ochotorena said.

A river in Davao del Norte province also burst its banks, forcing residents out of their homes, provincial disaster officer Romulo Tagalo said.

In Compostela Valley province, hundreds of residents had been evacuated to safe ground before Onyok hit land. Rescue operations were under way Saturday as hundreds more were trapped in floods in several towns.

Raul Villocino, Compostela Valley provincial disaster action officer, reported evacuations in the towns of New Bataan, Montevista and Nabunturan.

Other provincial officials reported landslides in Ngan, Compostela, and Katipunan, Maragusan, but mentioned no injuries or deaths.

In Davao Oriental province, most of the people who were evacuated on Friday returned to their homes Saturday as floods began to ease.

Onyok’s 45-kilometer-per-hour winds did little damage in Davao Oriental, according to provincial information officer Karen Lou Deloso.

Swelling rivers

In Davao del Norte province, Tagalo said two other rivers, the Saug and the Hijo, were threatening to top their banks Saturday morning.

He said landslides were reported in Mambing and Santa Fe villages in Corella town, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Flooding was reported in Ozamiz City, but local authorities said it did not stop people from going to church for the traditional Mass at dawn, the fourth in a series of nine leading up to Christmas Day.

In Quezon province, a mother and her two young daughters were killed in a landslide that buried their house in Real town Saturday afternoon. Another child survived and was taken to a hospital.

Three other houses were buried in the landslide and rescue teams clawed through mud and rocks in search of survivors.

In Candijay town, Bohol, municipal disaster officer Jeryl Lacang-Fuentes said eight villages were inundated and the floods caused damage of at least P1 million to agriculture.

Fuentes said residents in low-lying communities had been slow to respond to flood warnings, leaving their homes for evacuation centers only Saturday morning.

Unexpected devastation

In Oriental Mindoro, more than 300,000 people remained in evacuation centers Saturday as the death toll after a week of rain rose to 11.

The provincial disaster agency said all of the 14 towns in the province and its capital, Calapan, were severely affected by the heavy rains brought by Nona.


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The agency estimated the damage to infrastructure to be more than P10 billion and to agriculture, around P200 million.

Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali said the devastation was unexpected because the province was not in the direct path of the typhoon.

He said classes at all schools in the entire province would remain suspended until after the New Year.

In Luzon, 140,000 people displaced by floods and landslides triggered by Nona remained in evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC said tens of thousands of people were in evacuation centers in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The government had distributed P56.1 million worth of relief to the evacuees, the agency said.

As Onyok had weakened, the Philippine Coast Guard eased the ban on sailings in southern waters Saturday.

The bad weather, however, forced the cancellation of Cebu Pacific and Air Asia flights between Manila and Tagbilaran, Bohol, and the diversion of a Philippine Airlines flight to Cebu. Reports from Jodee A. Agoncillo and Jaymee T. Gamil in Manila; Madonna Virola and Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon; Leo Udtohan, Inquirer Visayas; Frinston Lim, Ryan Rosauro and Allan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao; and AFP

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Tropical storm “Onyok” was expected to make a landfall in Davao Oriental last night before it weakens into a low pressure area (LPA) after hitting land, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that based on all available data, the center of Onyok was located at 210 km east of Mati City, Davao Oriental, as of 4 p.m. yesterday.

Aurelio said Onyok slightly weakened from 55 kph to 45 kph as it continues to move westward at a slower speed of 18 kph, from 20 kph six hours earlier.

With its current speed and movement, Onyok was forecast to make landfall over Davao Oriental between 8 and 10 o’clock last night.

By Saturday afternoon, Onyok will dissipate into an LPA and forecast to be 50 km southwest of Zamboanga City.

State of National Calamity

While Onyok is threatening parts of Mindanao, President Aquino declared yesterday a State of National Calamity following the destruction caused by typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor). The declaration will “hasten the rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance.”

As of yesterday, tens of thousands of people were still struggling through waist-deep floods in Central Luzon.

Truck driver Roberto Mariano, who has been out of work since typhoon “Lando,” again found the small bungalow he shared with 15 relatives in Candaba, Pampanga, submerged.

“The floods mean no work and no money for me,” the 51-year-old told AFP, trying to keep his balance as he walked through strong flood currents in Candaba.

Mariano, who used to earn R500 driving, was on his way to his parents’ house to borrow money to buy rice.

“It’s very hard out here. I have to go out because we’ve run out of food in the house,” he said.

Mariano said he had spent the last two nights sleepless, anxiously watching as the waters nearly submerged the children’s wooden beds.

With the declaration of State of National Calamity, prices of basic goods and commodities in the affected areas will be effectively controlled. It will also afford the government ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of, and continue to provide basic services to affected populations, in accordance with law.

Although Onyok has already weakened and slowed down, public storm warning signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the provinces of Surigao del Sur, including Siargao Island; Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Davao del Sur, Maguindanao, and North Cotabato.

With the rainfall amount estimated to be heavy to intense, Aurelio said residents of low-lying areas and in the mountain side affected by storm signal No. 1 should be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides as the rain lashes out within the 150 kilometer diameter of the tropical depression.

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The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Region 13 has already identified 32 flood-prone areas – 19 in Cagayan de Oro City and 13 in Misamis Oriental.

THE 19 FLOOD-PRONE VILLAGES IN CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY ARE:

1. Balulang

2. Carmen

3. Kauswagan

4. Bonbon

5. Bayabas

6. Macasandig

7. Barangay 6

8. Barangay 10

9. Barangay 13

10. Barangay 15

11. Barangay 17

12. Consolacion

13. Puntod

14. Macabalan

15. Pagatpat

16. San Simon

17. Iponan

18. Bulua

19. Canitoan

THE 13 FLOOD-PRONE AREA IN MISAMIS ORIENTAL ARE:

1. Magsaysay

2. Gingoog City

3. Medina

4. Talisayan

5. Claveria

6. Salay

7. Lagonglon

8. Balingasag

9. Jasaan

10. Villanueva

11. Tagoloan

12. Opol

13. El Salvador City

‘NONA’ DEATH TOLL RISES TO 38

As this developed, the death toll from typhoon Nona climbed to 38 while the number of injured also rose to over 300, police and disaster officials said.

Data gathered from the police and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional offices indicate two deaths were reported in Region 3, six in Region 4A (Calabarzon), 12 in Region 4B (Mimaropa), nine in Region 5 (Bicol area), and nine in Region 8, particularly in Northern and Eastern Samar.

Police also said that a total of 358 people were injured in Northern Samar alone where 11 persons remain missing. Twenty persons were also reported injured in Regions 4A, 4B, and 5.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), however, said the official death toll from Nona as of yesterday was 17 – three in Region 4A, four in Region 4B, four in Bicol region, and three in the Samar provinces. It has yet to validate the other reported casualties.

Latest report from the (NDRRMC also said damage to property was close to P1 billion, mostly in agriculture.

According to the NDRRMC, damage to agriculture reached 935,192,943.51, while damage to infrastructure was pegged at P94,764,324.

Under Proclamation No. 1186 that declared a State of National Calamity, President Aquino directed all departments and other concerned government agencies to “implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives.”

The President likewise directed all departments and other concerned government agencies to “coordinate with, and provide or augment basic services and facilities of affected local government units (LGUs).”

President Aquino also directed law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to “ensure peace and in affected areas, as may be necessary.” (With reports from Elena L. Aben, AFP, Camcer Ordonez Imam, and Franco G. Regala) (CHITO A. CHAVEZ, MADEL S. NAMIT, and PNA)

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Tropical depression Onyok has entered the Philippine area responsibility while Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) continues to weaken. PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines - The tropical depression east of Mindanao has entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday afternoon and was named Onyok.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA, the tropical depression entered the country's territory at around 1:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, typhoon Nona (international name Melor) was located 80 kilometers west of Ternate, Cavite at 1 p.m.

The weather bureau assured that the two weather disturbances will not affect each other as they do not have the same strength.

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PAGASA warned that Onyok is likely to intensify and will crash into the Davao-Caraga region by Friday.

Typhoon Nona is expected to exit the PAR as a low pressure area by Friday.

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PNoy declares state of national calamity By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 7:13pm 1 0 googleplus0 0


President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity after Typhoon Nona barreled through central Philippines. PIA/File

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity at the aftermath of Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) which hit the Visayas and Bicol regions the past week.

The president signed the proclamation after the typhoon left substantial damage and deaths in the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Sorsogon.

The proclamation will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and private sector.

The declaration also controls the prices of basic goods and commodities in affected areas, allowing the continuous provision of basic services in affected residents.

"Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are hereby directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary," Aquino said in the proclamation.

The proclamation will remain in effect until lifted by Aquino.

Typhoon Nona has weakened into a low pressure area but Tropical Depression Onyok continues to threaten the Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao.

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Onyok threatens Caraga region By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


A tricycle crosses a flooded road in Candaba, Pampanga yesterday. Relief has been rushed for tens of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Nona, which left at least 20 dead. KRIZ JOHN ROSALES

MANILA, Philippines - The state weather bureau yesterday advised residents of Mindanao to brace for heavy rains from Tropical Depression Onyok, which is forecast to hit the Caraga region today.

Onyok, the 15th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the second weather disturbance this month, is expected to make landfall over the Caraga region this afternoon or evening.

Authorities have placed the populous Davao City under blue alert for Onyok.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, public storm warning signal No. 1 was raised over Surigao del Sur, including Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat province, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Misamis Occidental.

These areas can experience rains with gusty winds in the next 36 hours.

A resident of Barangay Buhang, Bulusan, Sorsogon arranges her belongings after her house was hit by Typhoon Nona earlier this week. EDD GUMBAN

Jori Loiz, senior weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Onyok could intensify into a storm before it hits landmass.

As of 4 p.m., the center of Onyok was located at 515 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center. It is forecast to move west at 15 kph, PAGASA said.

Loiz said Onyok is projected to bring moderate to heavy rains within its 100-km diameter this weekend.

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Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with under signal No. 1 were warned against possible flashfloods and landslides.

“Even if it is not a strong cyclone, it could still bring heavy rains,” Loiz warned.

Onyok, however, is not expected to affect Luzon and Visayas, the areas battered by Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) in the past days.

No more Nona Nona, which weakened into a low-pressure area earlier, had dissipated yesterday afternoon.

However, the northeast monsoon, enhanced by Nona, will continue to bring light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon this weekend, PAGASA said.


Tropical Depression Onyok has made landfall over Manay, Davao Oriental on Friday night, December 18, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

PAGASA also continued to advise fisherfolk against venturing out to the northern, western and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to the northeast monsoon.

Onyok, on the other hand, is forecast to leave the country on Sunday.

Loiz said PAGASA does not expect a new weather disturbance to form within and outside the PAR until next week or on Christmas Day.

Nona, which made five landfalls in Visayas and Luzon, left at least 20 people dead.

Regional police spokesperson Supt. Imelda Tolentino said 12 fatalities were reported from the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and Romblon.

There were other reports of fatalities, including a female Army officer who was buried in a landslide in Infanta, Quezon, and a 50-year-old man who drowned in Batangas.

The Army officer identified as 2Lt. Michelle Mae Delariarte was buried in a landslide in Infanta last Wednesday. Three other soldiers were hurt in the incident.

Delariarte, a civil-military operations officer of the Army’s 1st Infantry Battalion, was carrying Christmas gifts for poor communities in the area when her vehicle was caught in a landslide during the heavy rains brought by Nona.

In Batangas, Fernando Cos, a caretaker in Polo Island owned by the Levistes, reportedly drowned after being thrown overboard from a boat.

Field offices of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported an increase in the total fatalities from 12 to 20.

The death count may have been much higher had the national and local government units failed to carry out preemptive evacuations of some 165,544 families or 742,991 persons in Eastern Visayas, Bicol region and Southern Luzon, disaster officials said.

As of yesterday, a total of 1,250 families or 7,855 persons are still staying in government-run evacuation centers in Oriental Mindoro.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said a number of evacuees from the total of 77, 577 families have returned to their homes as the weather improved yesterday.

Nona also left some P57 million worth of damage to infrastructure, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The Department of Agriculture meanwhile declared damage in the agricultural sector brought by Nona reached P733 million, covering 20,309 hectares of agricultural areas with estimated production loss of 35,533 metric tons.

Most of the reported damage came from the typhoon affected areas of Region 4B and Bicol region.

Northern Samar, which bore the brunt of typhoon Nona in its first landfall, was placed under a state of calamity.

Globe Telecom Inc. said it has restored mobile services in Catarman, Northern Samar.

In excess Due to heavy rains triggered by Nona, four dams in Luzon – Angat and Ipo in Bulacan and Ambuklao and Binga in Benguet – opened gates yesterday to release excess water.

PAGASA hydrologist Richard Orendain, however, said there were no reported floodings due to the opening of floodgates as of yesterday afternoon.

Orendain however warned residents of Pampanga and Bulacan against possible flooding as floodwaters from upland provinces could flow down to these areas in three days.

“We expect flooding to hit parts of Pampanga and Bulacan in three days just like what happened in October when Typhoon Lando dumped heavy rains over Central Luzon,” he said.

The monsoon rains brought by Nona also affected several areas in Central and Northern Luzon.

The Angat Dam and Bustos Dam in Bulacan have released excess water after reaching critical level yesterday.

The Magat Dam in Isabela also released excess water after reaching spilling level.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Isabela said the water level at Magat Dam breached 190 meters.

Officials warned the continuous rains could force the overflow of the dam threatening Tuguegarao City and other towns of Isabela and Cagayan. –Jaime Laude, Alexis Romero, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Edith Regalado, Ding Cervantes, Mayen Jaymalin, Arnell Ozaeta, Evelyn Macairan, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Raymund Catindig, Louise Maureen Simeon, Rainier Allan Ronda, Louella Desiderio


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Take precautions against cold weather illnesses, DOH advises SHARES: 30 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tina G. Santos @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:04 PM December 19th, 2015


A Filipino tries to bike along a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Melor in suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Typhoon Melor left at least one person dead and wide areas without power Tuesday as it crossed over the central Philippines.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Department of Health (DOH) has advised the public to be cautious of the common illnesses that may occur during the holidays due to the cold rainy weather.

​For those who usually go out of their homes at early hours of the morning to attend the dawn Masses or “Simbang Gabi” or stay late at night for parties, DOH advised them to wear appropriate clothing as protection against the cold weather especially for children and elderly.

However, people who are already sick with fever, colds, or cough are advised to immediately seek medical attention and avoid crowded places in order to avoid complications.

“The cold weather usually triggers respiratory problems unless appropriate preventive measures are taken, especially in areas affected by Typhoon ‘Nona.’ Take care of yourself and your family against changes in temperature. Children and adults may become vulnerable to cough, colds, and fever,” Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a statement.

She explained that personal hygiene and hand washing were key to preventing these illnesses.

“People who are staying in evacuation centers are encouraged to wash their hands with clean soap and water before preparing food and before and after eating. Also, wash your hands after using the comfort room,” she said.

She also suggested boiling water for at least two minutes before drinking.

Garin also urged mothers with babies to continue breastfeeding.

“Breastmilk is the best and safest food for babies,” she added.

Infant formula is not allowed for donation to typhoon victims since drinking water needed to prepare milk is unreliable in times of emergencies and calamities.

Donating such is also in violation of the rules of the Milk Code, a law that promotes breastfeeding.

In areas affected by floods, Garin warned residents against wading in floodwater, saying it may be contaminated and could cause leptospirosis.

“But if it can’t be avoided, wear boots, and immediately wash the exposed body parts with clean water and soap,” she said.

Meanwhile, DOH retained hospitals, regional offices and facilities nationwide are placed in a “Code White Alert” starting Dec. 21.

The Code White Alert level puts all hospital personnel on standby for deployment and augmentation as the need arises for additional medical and other services. RC


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