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‘Basyang’ leaves 2 dead in Visayas


By Restituto A. Cayubit, Calvin D. Cordova and Nestor L. Abrematea

DOWNED ACACIA – A car is hit by an acacia tree that was blown down by the storm’s winds in Barangay Cogon-Ramos, Cebu City. (Juan Carlo de Vela)

DOWNED ACACIA – A car is hit by an acacia tree that was blown down by the storm’s winds in Barangay Cogon-Ramos, Cebu City. (Juan Carlo de Vela)

At least two people were killed as Storm “Basyang” slammed into the Visayas Tuesday, authorities reported.

Many parts of the region were also flooded, prompting schools and offices to shut down.

A landslide in Albuera town killed a two-month-old boy and injured five other people, disaster management officials said.

The boy was identified as Christian Jay Tumandao.  Injured were Jeneza Tumandao, 29, the mother of Christian Jay, Reynan Tumandao, Jastine Tumandao, Kim Tumandao and Rex Tumandao.

Raging floodwaters meanwhile damaged a bridge in Barangay Lingayon  Alang-alang town, and only light vehicles can pass.

Many areas of Tacloban City in Leyte were flooded along with the towns Capoocan and Babatngon, forcing families to leave their homes.

Classes in Tacloban, Baybay City 28 towns were suspended because of floods.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla also called off work at government offices throughout the province.

The other fatality was reported in Barangay Madridejos, Alegria town, Cebu, where a 57-year-old man was killed after a coconut tree fell on their house at the height of the storm Tuesday night.

Neighbors pulled out Jenas Demecillo Allones from his house and brought him to a hospital where he died an hour later.

Flood forced 380 families in Cebu to shelter in barangay halls, school gymnasiums and daycare centers.

Classes in Cebu City were suspended.

In Bohol, Basyang flooded ricefields, highways and houses along riverbanks and parts of the capital Tagbilaran City.

Residents in Candijay, Jagna, Carmen, Bilar, Alicia and Loay fled their homes, officials reported.

There were reports that a concrete fence of the Guinsularan National High School in Barangay Guinsularan, Duero town was destroyed by floodwaters.

Three residents were rescued from the roofs of their flooded houses.

Minor landslides left little damage in Barangay Lundag in Pilar and Barangay Guiwanon in Maribojoc.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the Tagbilaran-Garcia Hernandez line tripped, cutting off power for three hours Tuesday.

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