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‘Basyang’ displaces 4895 families in Region Seven and Caraga

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By Francis Wakefield

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Wednesday said that 4,895 families or 21,155 persons in 95 barangays in Regions VII and CARAGA have been affected due to the effects of Tropical Storm Basyang.

Residents are seen in flooded areas of Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur province, Philippines February 13, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media video, Courtesy of ROBERT BELANO/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

Residents are seen in flooded areas of Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur province, Philippines. (Courtesy of ROBERT BELANO/via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

NDRRMC Executive Director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, said of the number, 4,889 families or 21,133 persons were served inside and outside evacuation centers.

Most of the affected families were from the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Jalad said that the NDRRMC recorded a total of five incidents in Region VI and VIII. He added that all municipalities in the island of Siargao experienced power interruption due to bad weather.

Jalad also said that 114 houses were reportedly damaged (57 totally and 57 partially) in Surigao del Norte due to Basyang.

A total of 24 domestic flights were also canceled due to the weather disturbance.

As of Tuesday, 4,542 passengers, 931 rolling cargoes, 119 vessels and nine motorbancas remained stranded in ports of Northern Mindanao, Eastern, and Southern Visayas.

Jalad said eight road sections and five bridges in Regions VI and CARAGA were not passable to all types of vehicles. (Francis T. Wakefield)

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