7 of 10 SINKING Sunda Plate & Carribean Islands; Philippines: 4 dead, 6 missing! Much of the country flooded! Manila Bay overflows! Vietnam: 9 killed, 1 missing in floods!

Philippines SINKING:

Roxas Boulevard!

Manila Bay overflows, floods Roxas Boulevard!

/ In Manila, more than 200 families evacuated in different areas due to onslaught of typhoon still Gener. Also overflow water from Manila Bay last night that resulted in flooding in communities near the sea. /

/ ‘Gener’ leaves at least 4 dead and 6 missing
Tropical Storm “Gener” claimed the lives of at least four people as it roared off northeast Luzon and dumped heavy rains on large areas of the country. Another six were missing, according to disaster officials. Three of the four fatalities drowned—one each in Cavite, Batangas and Romblon provinces. The fourth fatality died in Laguna province when a coconut tree fell on his house. Rains displaced families, destroyed bridges and roads and flooded low-lying areas in southern Luzon, Metro Manila, and central and northern Luzon, reports reaching the Philippine Daily Inquirer said. A motorboat sank off Batangas province and a ferry ran aground in Looc, Tablas Island. Reports said floodwaters in at least 36 villages in Obando, Balagtas, Hagonoy, Marilao and Meycauayan City rose to between 6 inches and 3 feet. Gov. Enrique Garcia asked the Bataan PDRRMC to prepare for relief operations in flooded areas, especially in at least five villages in Hermosa town where water had risen to about 3 feet. Floods also hit several villages in Dinalupihan, Samal and Mariveles towns. In Cabanatuan City, six villages were flooded Monday. In Pampanga province, floodwaters in coastal villages in Masantol town rose to about 2 feet yesterday due to rains and high tide. Several coastal villages in Dagupan City were also under water. In Bugallon town, at least 200 families from three villages were evacuated on Sunday night. Heavy rains and stormy seas sank at least two vessels—one in Romblon province and another in Batangas province—and flooded and destroyed properties, roads and bridges in a number of towns in Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Catanduanes and Occidental Mindoro provinces./

/ Four dead, thousands displaced by tropical storm Saola. Four people were killed and thousands more were displaced as tropical storm Saola, locally known as Gener, hit the sea near northernmost Luzon. Its widespread diameter and strong pull of monsoon rains left all of northern, central, and southern Luzon, Metro Manila, central Philippines, and parts of the southern Philippines (almost the whole country) rain-drenched, fatally flooded, and landslide-prone, officials said. Most houses in northern suburban Bulacan were under water because of heavy rains, a radio report said, adding that northern Luzon could be more devastated. The number of fatalities and displaced could still go higher because data from northern Luzon, the area where Saola was found nearest, has not yet reached Ramos said. Residents living in low lying, mountainous, and coastal areas in all affected provinces were evacuated due to flashfloods, landslides, and storm surges, Ramos said. /

/ Rains dumped by Tropical Storm “Gener” (international name: Saola) across the country flooded communities, swelled rivers, triggered landslides, damaged crops and roads, and canceled domestic flights as it moved toward northern Luzon. A man drowned in Antique on Saturday, while more than a thousand people were evacuated in Negros Occidental and Maguindanao due to flooding. /

/ Twenty barangays in Maguindanao are experiencing severe floods after three days of heavy rain. In the town of Sultan Kudarat, the Salimbao National Highway is nearly impassible due to the knee-deep water, resulting in heavy flow of traffic. /

/ Huge waves batter coastal villages in Visayas. More than 2,000 people in Cebu, Iloilo and Negros were evacuated after strong winds and huge waves caused by Tropical Storm “Gener” damaged around 300 houses. Two people in Bacolod City were reported to have died, one due to electrocution and the second after he was swept away by the strong river current. Several boat trips in the Visayas were also suspended due to the huge waves and strong current. /

/ Floods hit Bulacan villages. Several villages in Bulacan were under water due to tropical storm “Gener,” Radyo Inquirer 990AM reported on Monday. Those flooded were barangays (villages) Nagbalon, Ibayo, Lias, Poblacion Uno in Marilao; Obando, and barangays Mandile and Bagong Silang in San Miguel. /

/ Waves hit Talisay. ABOUT 138 families living in seven coastal barangays in Talisay City were affected after huge waves hit their homes starting at dawn yesterday. Gusts caused by typhoon Gener, which is projected to leave the country on Thursday afternoon, also toppled trees that hit a house and a motorboat in Alcoy town, Cebu Province. At 3 a.m. yesterday, residents living near the seaside in Barangays Poblacion, Biasong, Tanke, Dumlog, Pooc, Cansojong and San Roque in Talisay were jolted awake when huge waves struck their houses. /

/ More than 1,000 persons in the coastal areas of Talisay City in Cebu and in Iloilo and Negros were evacuated after strong winds and huge waves caused by typhoon “Gener” damaged around 300 houses. Two persons in Bacolod City were reported to have died, one due to electrocution and the second after he was swept away by the strong river current. Several boat trips in the Visayas were also suspended due to the huge waves and strong current. In Hinoba-an town and Bago City in Negros Occidental, 23 houses were destroyed and 131 others were damaged while 1,295 persons were evacuated, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas. In Valladolid town, Negros Occidental, 19 houses were destroyed and 220 were damaged when a storm surge hit at 4 a.m. Monday, town social worker Josette Rojo said. Strong winds and high tide toppled the houses located mostly along the shoreline of Barangay Poblacion, Valladolid, Rojo added. /

Dozens of shanty houses were destroyed as strong winds and waves made the huge barges to ram shanties nestled along the coastline of the Manila bay. AP/Aaron Favila

Vietnam SINKING:

/ 9 dead, 1 missing due to floods, landslides. Thus, the heavy rains, flash floods, landslides in the northern mountainous province has nine people dead, 1 missing and 1 wounded. In Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, floods also washed away 11 houses, damaged 318 houses and other roofs, 11 rooms or roofs collapsed, 1,175 ha of rice and colors are fallen, some erosion route. /

Costa Rica Crumbling:

/ Two dead and 2,000 evacuated from floods. Two people were killed and at least 2,000 are in shelters across five populations of the Caribbean zone of Costa Rica, due to floods in 38 locations in the provinces of Limon and Cartago. /

Panama Crumbling:

/ One killed by floods in Bocas del Toro, Panama. One person died, 1,448 were evacuated and at least 38,000 were left without essential services in Panama as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains in the province of Bocas del Toro, 450 kilometers west of the capital. /

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Philippines:

20 barangays in Maguindanao flooded

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty barangays in Maguindanao are experiencing severe floods after three days of heavy rain.

In the town of Sultan Kudarat, the Salimbao National Highway is nearly impassible due to the knee-deep water, resulting in heavy flow of traffic.

Only one lane of the road can be used. The Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and local officials have already manned the traffic clow..

The towns of Mother and Northern Kabuntalan and Rajah Bauyan are also flooded.

The Office of Civil Defense have prepared the capitol gym in case of evacuation. -- Report from Lora Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

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Four dead, thousands displaced by tropical storm Saola

Manila: Four people were killed and thousands more were displaced as tropical storm Saola, locally known as Gener, hit the sea near northernmost Luzon.

Its widespread diameter and strong pull of monsoon rains left all of northern, central, and southern Luzon, Metro Manila, central Philippines, and parts of the southern Philippines (almost the whole country) rain-drenched, fatally flooded, and landslide-prone, officials said.

Ernest Flores, 60, chef of M/V Shuttle Roro 1, which ran aground in Romblon province, central Philippines, died on July 29; Roland Necor, 33, died from drowning in Bugasong, Antique, central Philippines on July 28; Teodoro Flores, 42, died when his house was hit by a fallen palm tree in San Pablo, Laguna, southern Luzon; a resident of Metro Manila’s southern suburban Cavite was also killed (but his name was not yet revealed), said Undersecretary Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

About 5,816 families or 28,631 people in seven provinces in northern, central Luzon, Metro Manila, southern Luzon, central Philippines, and parts of Mindanao, in southern Philippines were affected by Typhoon Saola’s winds, and its 25mm of rainfall per hour within its 700km diameter, Ramos said.

Of the affected families, 539 families or 2,413 individuals were placed in evacuation centres; the others stayed with relatives who live on safer grounds, in all affected areas, said Ramos.

Most houses in northern suburban Bulacan were under water because of heavy rains, a radio report said, adding that northern Luzon could be more devastated.

The number of fatalities and displaced could still go higher because data from northern Luzon, the area where Saola was found nearest, has not yet reached Ramos said.

Residents living in low lying, mountainous, and coastal areas in all affected provinces were evacuated due to flashfloods, landslides, and storm surges, Ramos said.

Rivers overflowed, roads remained impassable, and bridges were destroyed specially in most affected northern Luzon, Ramos said, adding that international and local flights, buses, fishing boats, and small sea-crafts were not allowed to travel in all affected areas.

Water level remained high in several dams in all affected areas. Schools, private and government offices were also closed in all the affected areas.

On Monday, Saolo was cited 230km east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan in northern Luzon; 260km east southeast of Basco, Batanes, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Saolo was packed with maximum sustained winds of 105km per hour and gusts of up to 150kph, slowly moving northwest at a speed of 11kph, PAGASA said, adding the slow motion of the storm has made it almost stationary near northern Luzon.

Public storm warning signal No. 2 was hoisted over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Batanes Group of Islands, all in northern Luzon; signal No. 1 was raised in nearby Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao, also in northern Luzon.

A shallow low pressure area over Rizal Province (near Metro Manila) has prevented Typhoon Saola from moving fast. It has also influenced intense rainfall in Metro Manila, southern and central Luzon, PAGASA said.

Saola is expected to leave for Taiwan on Thursday morning.

About 21 storms visit the Philippines annually.

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‘Gener’ spawns floods nationwide

Rains dumped by Tropical Storm “Gener” (international name: Saola) across the country flooded communities, swelled rivers, triggered landslides, damaged crops and roads, and canceled domestic flights as it moved toward northern Luzon.

A man drowned in Antique on Saturday, while more than a thousand people were evacuated in Negros Occidental and Maguindanao due to flooding.

Rough seas in Cebu province have forced boats to cancel their trips over the past two days.

In Metro Manila, authorities advised local government units on Sunday to evacuate residents near the Tullahan River because the water in La Mesa Dam was about to breach the spilling level. Excess water from the dam drains into the river that snakes through Quezon, Caloocan, Valenzuela and Navotas cities.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Gener was spotted 380 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, with peak winds of 95 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph, said the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). It was moving north-northwest at 15 kph.

Public storm signal warnings were hoisted over portions of northern Luzon as Gener, whose band of clouds has a diameter of 600 km, slightly intensified as it crept toward the country’s northern tip.

The Pagasa placed Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands, and the Batanes Group of Islands under Storm Signal No. 2. It said sustained winds of 60 kph to 100 kph were expected in the province until today.

Any form of sea travel in the affected areas would be risky, the agency said as it reminded residents living in coastal areas to be on alert for big waves and storm surges.

Storm Signal No. 1 was hoisted over the provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao, as winds of 30 to 60 kph were expected to last until Tuesday.

The weather bureau advised against traveling on small seacraft and fishing boats.

The rest of Luzon and the Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms, while Mindanao will be cloudy and may have isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao while winds from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the rest of Luzon. Coastal waters in these areas will be moderate to rough.

Pagasa warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas against flash floods and landslides as heavy to intense rainfall was expected.

Gener is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, bring rains over southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

At Ninoy Aquino International Airport, 17 domestic flights, mostly to Caticlan, Aklan, and mostly morning flights were canceled Sunday due to bad weather.

At Terminal 3, nine Cebu Pacific flights to and from Caticlan, the gateway to the resort island of Boracay, were canceled, according to an advisory issued by the Manila International Airport Authority at 2:30 p.m.

An Air Philippines flight from Manila to Caticlan and back was also canceled, along with two Cebu Pacific flights to and from Legazpi City and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, and a Zest Air flight to and from Legazpi.

In Isabela, the provincial government has set aside funds to provide fishermen, especially those in coastal towns facing the Pacific Ocean, with cash assistance from July 29 to July 31.

Governor Faustino Dy III said P250-P300 cash was allotted a day to each of about 500 fishermen in the towns of Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue.

“It is as if we were buying what they would have caught, so they would not go out to sea while the waters are rough and dangerous,” he said.

In Central Luzon, the Pampanga River Basin’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said flooding was possible in communities along the Pampanga River from Nueva Ecija to Pampanga.

Josefina Timoteo, regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said heavy rains in Bulacan on Saturday night caused flooding in at least seven villages in San Miguel town. On Sunday morning, however, the floodwaters, which reached up to 2 feet, started to recede, she said.

Timoteo said operators of the Bustos Dam in Bulacan began releasing minimal volumes of water due to heavy rains.

In Occidental Mindoro, heavy rains caused landslides and massive flooding on Sunday.

Four sections of the 22-kilometer Mindoro West Coastal Road were rendered impassable due to road damage, provincial administrator Mariano Montales said.

Montales, quoting disaster authorities, said the rainfall exceeded 25 millimeters per hour, causing waist-deep floods on Pandan Island in Sablayan town and in Paluan town.

As of 1 p.m., Montales said residents were being evacuated.

“We don’t have reports of any casualty yet, but the rains damaged crops,” he said.

Local authorities ordered a preemptive evacuation of 60 families from Barangay (village) Burgos in Rodriguez, Rizal, early Sunday but they were allowed to return home at 1:30 p.m., according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In Antique, Ronald Necor, 33, drowned on Saturday after he was swept by strong currents in the Paliwan River in Bugasong town, according to the OCD in Western Visayas.

In Negros Occidental, a total of 238 families, or about 1,000 people, have been evacuated in Bago City and Hinoba-an town since Friday evening due to flooding.

Small landslides were reported in three barangays in Tigbauan town in Iloilo last week.

In Cebu, rough seas forced some vessels to return to their ports of origin, while others canceled their trips on Saturday and Sunday, stranding passengers.

Trips of the Cebu-based Starcraft vessels of Sea Highway Carrier Inc., which ply the Cebu-Bohol route, were canceled Sunday.

Clemer Lines has suspended all trips to Getafe since Sunday morning.

The MV Jun Mar 2, which serves the Camotes-Danao City route, and Cokaliong Shipping Lines’ noon trip for Palompon, Leyte, also canceled their trips.

An OceanJet 5 fast craft carrying 197 passengers and 13 crew from Tagbilaran City in Bohol ran aground as it approached the south entrance of Mactan Channel at past 8 p.m. on Saturday.

When a sister vessel, OceanJet 6, responded to rescue the passengers, it also ran aground on Shell Island, according to Punzalan. It went back to Pier 1 by itself while OceanJet 5 was towed by the tugboat Metro Tug 5 back to Pier 1.

In Maguindanao, 14 villages in at least three towns were submerged by floodwaters that swelled rivers draining into the Liguasan Marsh, the OCD in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said Sunday.

The affected towns include Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan and Rajah Buayan, said OCD-ARMM Director Loreto Rirao.

“There are no reports yet of mass evacuation, but we are constantly monitoring the situation,” Rirao said.

He was referring to the inundated villages of Lower Taviran, Gambar, Butilen, Katidtuan and Pagalungan, all in Kabuntalan; Panadtabanan, Pidsandawan and Malibpoloc, in Rajah Buayan; and Montay, Tumaginting, Guiawa, Sabaken, Kapinpilan and Libungan, all in Northern Kabuntalan.

Initial reports from the agriculture department showed that some 40 percent of Buayan corn and rice crops had been damaged.

Rajah Buayan Mayor Jacob Ampatuan said a portion of the Liguasan Marsh within his municipality “that used to be visible has been submerged 3 to 5 feet deep.” Reports from Jeanette I. Andrade and Jerome Aning in Manila; Villamor Visaya Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon; Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon; Maricar Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon; Nestor Burgos Jr. and Jhunnex Napallacan, Inquirer Visayas; and Charlie C. Señase, Inquirer Mindanao

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Huge waves batter coastal villages in Visayas

CEBU CITY—More than 2,000 people in Cebu, Iloilo and Negros were evacuated after strong winds and huge waves caused by Tropical Storm “Gener” damaged around 300 houses.

Two people in Bacolod City were reported to have died, one due to electrocution and the second after he was swept away by the strong river current.

Several boat trips in the Visayas were also suspended due to the huge waves and strong current.

In Hinoba-an town and Bago City in Negros Occidental, 23 houses were destroyed and 131 others were damaged while 1,295 persons were evacuated, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas.

In Valladolid town, Negros Occidental, 19 houses were destroyed and 220 were damaged when a storm surge hit at 4 a.m. on Monday, said social worker Josette Rojo.

Strong winds and high tide toppled the houses located mostly along the shoreline of Barangay (village) Poblacion, Valladolid, Rojo added.

In Iloilo, 14 houses were destroyed while 13 others were damaged, according to a report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

In Cebu, 129 families in Talisay City were evacuated after huge waves damaged 79 houses and destroyed 13 others. Several boats owned by Talisay fishermen were also damaged. Radio reports said the seawall in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay sustained cracks.

The two casualties in Bacolod City are Gary Dulaca, 41, of Barangay Alijis and Raffy Morales, 2, of Barangay Pahanocoy. Dulaca was declared dead on arrival at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center. Dulaca’s wife, Grace, 42, and son Geo, 10, who tried to rescue him, were treated at the hospital’s intensive care unit, police said.

Morales fell into a canal next to their house and the water current brought him to Pahanocoy River on Saturday as the rain poured, said Joe Marie Vargas, head of the Bacolod Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. His body was discovered 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Trips of passenger boats plying between Iloilo and Guimaras and between Iloilo and Bacolod were suspended due to big waves and strong currents.

In Cebu, 22 vessels canceled their trips as of 1 p.m. on Monday, according to the Cebu Coast Guard.

In Lanao del Norte, at least 500 families living in the southern part of the province were affected by floods due to heavy rains brought by Gener on Monday morning, according to an initial report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Flooded were 12 villages in Sapad, Kapatagan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo towns.

Heavy rains also caused a landslide in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, rendering the highway leading to Cotabato City impassable. But as of 2 p.m. on Monday, the road had been cleared of mud, said the PDRRMC report.

In Barangay Bagong Silang, Kapatagan, residents were evacuated from their homes toward the elevated national highway as officials feared the sudden rise of the floodwater. Reports from Nestor Burgos Jr., Jhunnex Napallacan, Carla Gomez, Rachel Arnaiz, Jani Arnaiz and Joey Gabieta, Inquirer Visayas; and Ryan D. Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao

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‘Gener’ leaves at least 4 dead and 6 missing

Tropical Storm “Gener” claimed the lives of at least four people as it roared off northeast Luzon and dumped heavy rains on large areas of the country. Another six were missing, according to disaster officials.

Three of the four fatalities drowned—one each in Cavite, Batangas and Romblon provinces. The fourth fatality died in Laguna province when a coconut tree fell on his house.

Rains displaced families, destroyed bridges and roads and flooded low-lying areas in southern Luzon, Metro Manila, and central and northern Luzon, reports reaching the Philippine Daily Inquirer said.

A motorboat sank off Batangas province and a ferry ran aground in Looc, Tablas Island.

A combination of low pressure area (LPA) and southwest monsoon, which the weather bureau found “strange,” toppled billboards, uprooted trees in the metropolis and nearby areas, and cut off the power supply to Manila Electric Co.’s customers.

Classes and offices were suspended and flights were canceled and diverted from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, Malacañang suspended classes in all colleges and universities in Metro Manila. The Palace also suspended work in government offices in the metropolis.

Due to bad weather, at least eight domestic flights were canceled and 12 other flights were diverted to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

Uprooted trees in Mckinley Hills in Taguig City, Hemady Avenue in Quezon City and Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City kept Metropolitan Manila Development Authority personnel busy as they removed tree trunks away from the roads to ease the traffic flow.

Brownout

Starting Sunday night, heavy rains and strong winds cut off the power supply of about 2 million customers of Meralco. As of noon Monday, less than 1 percent of Meralco’s more than 5 million customers, remained without power.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised residents of low-lying communities in Quezon City, Marikina City and in Cainta, Rizal province, to be ready to leave their houses as two gates of Ipo Dam released water Monday.

Marikina evacuation

More than 700 people voluntarily left their homes in a barangay (village) in Marikina Monday after the city’s main river system threatened to overflow as a result of heavy rains.

The voluntary evacuation of the 404 people from Barangay Malanday was in stark contrast to the resistance by several residents to appeals by officials that they leave their houses in 2009, when Tropical Storm “Ondoy” battered the metropolis.

Later in the day, 323 more people from the barangay also voluntarily left their houses. The NDRRMC’s latest bulletin said 14,303 people had been staying in 17 evacuation centers in seven provinces.

In Cagayan, heavy rains the past two days swelled the Cagayan River and its tributaries, rendering at least three bridges impassable to vehicles. On Monday afternoon, ferry services at the 420-meter Magapit suspension bridge in Lal-lo town were suspended.

Floods also hit villages near the town hall of San Nicolas town.

Dam operators

Dam operators in central and northern Luzon have continued monitoring water levels in major reservoirs in Benguet, Isabela, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan provinces.

Reports said floodwaters in at least 36 villages in Obando, Balagtas, Hagonoy, Marilao and Meycauayan City rose to between 6 inches and 3 feet.

Gov. Enrique Garcia asked the Bataan PDRRMC to prepare for relief operations in flooded areas, especially in at least five villages in Hermosa town where water had risen to about 3 feet. Floods also hit several villages in Dinalupihan, Samal and Mariveles towns.

In Cabanatuan City, six villages were flooded Monday.

In Pampanga province, floodwaters in coastal villages in Masantol town rose to about 2 feet yesterday due to rains and high tide. Several coastal villages in Dagupan City were also under water.

In Bugallon town, at least 200 families from three villages were evacuated on Sunday night.

Heavy rains and stormy seas sank at least two vessels—one in Romblon province and another in Batangas province—and flooded and destroyed properties, roads and bridges in a number of towns in Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Catanduanes and Occidental Mindoro provinces.

MV Shuttle Roro was battered by big waves and ran aground, 3.7 kilometers southwest of Agoho point in Looc, Tablas Island, at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, said the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan).

Landslides and trees toppled by strong winds were reported in several parts of Calabarzon. A house was damaged when it was hit by a fallen tree in Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City.

In Cavite province, Rosario, Noveleta and Kawit towns suffered knee-deep floods. Two families from Mabitac, Laguna, were evacuated from their homes as water in the Mabitac river rose.

In Occidental Mindoro province, 91 families were evacuated to village centers and public schools as flood hit the towns of Paluan, Sablayan and San Jose. Reports from Niña Calleja, Kristine Felisse Mangunay, Amy R. Remo, Marlon Ramos, Michael Ubac, Cathy Yamsuan and Jerry Esplanada in Manila; Tonette Orejas, Anselmo Roque, Greg Refraccion, Robert Gonzaga and Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Inquirer Central Luzon; Melvin Gascon, Villamor Visaya Jr., Cristina Arzadon, Gabriel Cardinoza, Yolanda Sotelo and Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon; Maricar Cinco, Romulo Ponte, Marrah Erika Lesaba, Madonna Virola and Mar Arguelles, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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2 dead, 14,000 affected by typhoon Gener

Severe storms whipped the past gener overnight a large part of the country including Metro Manila. NDRRMC the latest record, two of which were confirmed dead and 14,000 of the affected residents. At 2 pm earlier in the school also suspended all government offices, even college classes. Also canceled some international and domestic flights at NAIA due to inclement weather.

In Manila, more than 200 families evacuated in different areas due to onslaught of typhoon still Gener. Also overflow water from Manila Bay last night that resulted in flooding in communities near the sea.

I plowed two gigantic barge has over 40 houses in a Lighthouse, Tondo. Live from Manila documents as Patrol Jeff Canoy. TV Patrol, July 30, 2012, Monday

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Waves hit Talisay

ABOUT 138 families living in seven coastal barangays in Talisay City were affected after huge waves hit their homes starting at dawn yesterday.

Gusts caused by typhoon Gener, which is projected to leave the country on Thursday afternoon, also toppled trees that hit a house and a motorboat in Alcoy town, Cebu Province.

The typhoon will hover over Batanes today, but it will also strengthen the southwest monsoon, and that’s what is causing rains and winds over Luzon and Visayas.

At 3 a.m. yesterday, residents living near the seaside in Barangays Poblacion, Biasong, Tanke, Dumlog, Pooc, Cansojong and San Roque in Talisay were jolted awake when huge waves struck their houses.

 

Of the seven barangays, Barangay Poblacion had it worst.

Residents of Sitios Mahayahay-Litmon, Kalubihan, YMCA, Psalm and Asan were forced to transfer to higher areas.

Bernabe Remedio, 67, a resident of Sitio Kalubihan, said he was sleeping with his family, when he suddenly woke up and noticed that water was coming into their small hut.

Waves at least 1.7 meters high then struck the house, removing much of its wooden
foundation.

High tide

Remedio, a jeepney driver, had to skip work yesterday to help his family fix their home. He said that the Talisay City Government had stopped the seawall project that was supposed to reach their sitio.

Felipa Solana, Talisay City Social Welfare Department (CSWD) head, said that in Barangay Poblacion, about 76 houses were damaged. Two were destroyed.

Also, one motorized pumpboat was destroyed, while two paddle-powered fishing boats were damaged.

Barangay Poblacion Captain Teodoro Belleza told reporters yesterday that officials urged the residents in the four sitios to prepare for the worst, with high tide coming in.

He said they also prepared the evacuation center in case stronger waves hit the community again.

For now, food and other emergency supplies were made available.

Weather bureau officials in Cebu said the waves were caused by the “habagat” or southwest monsoon, which Gener’s movement in the north made stronger.

Thursday

Alice Canasa of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said a gale warning was issued for all seacraft and those living in coastal areas.

Typhoon Signal No. 1 was raised in the provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao, while Signal No. 2 is up in Cagayan and in the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal No. 3 is in effect in Basco, Batanes.

Canasa said that Gener is expected to make its exit by Thursday afternoon, unless it makes a sudden change of direction and speed.

In the coastal village of Daan-Lungsod, Alcoy town in Cebu a house and a motorboat were pinned by fallen coconut trees last Saturday, also due to strong winds brought by tropical storm Gener.

Insp. Arvi Arbuiz, the town’s police chief, said no one was injured and the affected residents were referred to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

The house owner, Arnulfo Tampus, told police he and his family were sleeping when a loud thud awakened them.

Trees

The 41-year-old fisherman said a tree dropped into their roof and damaged an estimated P10,000 worth of property.

Nearby, a motorboat used for fishing didn’t stand a chance against Gener’s rough gusts, after a tree also fell on top of it.

Inspt. Arbuiz, in a phone interview, said they are patrolling the town to look for trees that might easily break during bad weather.

“We will immediately warn those nearby and let them evacuate for safety,” he said.

Social Welfare Officer 1 Rosa Vida Diva of DSWD 7 told Sun.Star Cebu they will assist the affected families.

Gener’s winds also didn’t spare some power lines, affecting supply to some wells of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

Low pressure to no water was experienced in Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

Protection

MCWD’s four wells in Barangay San Vicente, Liloan couldn’t operate because of the low voltage. The lack of power supply also reportedly immobilized wells in Barangays Talamban and Banilad in Cebu City.

In Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City the huge waves damaged six houses, while seawater entered 10 others.

Barangay officials in Dumlog were concerned that a kilometer-long seawall that protects residents from sea surges might not bear the assault.

Dumlog Barangay Chief and Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Charles Basillote said the waves yesterday destroyed a portion of the seawall that guards Sitios Litmon and Baybay.

The seawall was a project of the Talisay City Government, the Cebu Provincial government and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas that started in 2007 and ended in 2010.

Basillote said that if the seawall is not fixed immediately, the road leading toward the two sitios might collapse if struck by big waves.

Readiness

Aside from Poblacion and Dumlog, Barangay Tanke has one house that was damaged. In Barangay Cansojong, 11 houses were destroyed while eight others were damaged.

In Barangay San Roque, 10 houses were reportedly breached by waves.

For now, Barangays Pooc and Biasong are still being monitored by the authorities.

After hearing about the incident, Talisay City Administrator Richel Bacaltos immediately called an emergency meeting of the Talisay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (TCDRRMC) yesterday afternoon.

Bacaltos, who also chairs the TCDRRMC, instructed the affected barangays to monitor within the next 24 hours. He also instructed them to prepare their evacuation centers.

He asked the Talisay City Rescue Emergency Assistance Team (TREAT) to prepare for any emergency. Bacaltos also ordered the CSWD to provide relief goods to affected families and the Talisay City Engineering Department to assess the damage. (With DSM)

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2012/07/31/waves-hit-tali...

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Waves hit Talisay

ABOUT 138 families living in seven coastal barangays in Talisay City were affected after huge waves hit their homes starting at dawn yesterday.

Gusts caused by typhoon Gener, which is projected to leave the country on Thursday afternoon, also toppled trees that hit a house and a motorboat in Alcoy town, Cebu Province.

The typhoon will hover over Batanes today, but it will also strengthen the southwest monsoon, and that’s what is causing rains and winds over Luzon and Visayas.

At 3 a.m. yesterday, residents living near the seaside in Barangays Poblacion, Biasong, Tanke, Dumlog, Pooc, Cansojong and San Roque in Talisay were jolted awake when huge waves struck their houses.

Of the seven barangays, Barangay Poblacion had it worst.

Residents of Sitios Mahayahay-Litmon, Kalubihan, YMCA, Psalm and Asan were forced to transfer to higher areas.

Bernabe Remedio, 67, a resident of Sitio Kalubihan, said he was sleeping with his family, when he suddenly woke up and noticed that water was coming into their small hut.

Waves at least 1.7 meters high then struck the house, removing much of its wooden
foundation.

High tide

Remedio, a jeepney driver, had to skip work yesterday to help his family fix their home. He said that the Talisay City Government had stopped the seawall project that was supposed to reach their sitio.

Felipa Solana, Talisay City Social Welfare Department (CSWD) head, said that in Barangay Poblacion, about 76 houses were damaged. Two were destroyed.

Also, one motorized pumpboat was destroyed, while two paddle-powered fishing boats were damaged.

Barangay Poblacion Captain Teodoro Belleza told reporters yesterday that officials urged the residents in the four sitios to prepare for the worst, with high tide coming in.

He said they also prepared the evacuation center in case stronger waves hit the community again.

For now, food and other emergency supplies were made available.

Weather bureau officials in Cebu said the waves were caused by the “habagat” or southwest monsoon, which Gener’s movement in the north made stronger.

Thursday

Alice Canasa of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said a gale warning was issued for all seacraft and those living in coastal areas.

Typhoon Signal No. 1 was raised in the provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao, while Signal No. 2 is up in Cagayan and in the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal No. 3 is in effect in Basco, Batanes.

Canasa said that Gener is expected to make its exit by Thursday afternoon, unless it makes a sudden change of direction and speed.

In the coastal village of Daan-Lungsod, Alcoy town in Cebu a house and a motorboat were pinned by fallen coconut trees last Saturday, also due to strong winds brought by tropical storm Gener.

Insp. Arvi Arbuiz, the town’s police chief, said no one was injured and the affected residents were referred to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

The house owner, Arnulfo Tampus, told police he and his family were sleeping when a loud thud awakened them.

Trees

The 41-year-old fisherman said a tree dropped into their roof and damaged an estimated P10,000 worth of property.

Nearby, a motorboat used for fishing didn’t stand a chance against Gener’s rough gusts, after a tree also fell on top of it.

Inspt. Arbuiz, in a phone interview, said they are patrolling the town to look for trees that might easily break during bad weather.

“We will immediately warn those nearby and let them evacuate for safety,” he said.

Social Welfare Officer 1 Rosa Vida Diva of DSWD 7 told Sun.Star Cebu they will assist the affected families.

Gener’s winds also didn’t spare some power lines, affecting supply to some wells of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

Low pressure to no water was experienced in Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

Protection

MCWD’s four wells in Barangay San Vicente, Liloan couldn’t operate because of the low voltage. The lack of power supply also reportedly immobilized wells in Barangays Talamban and Banilad in Cebu City.

In Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City the huge waves damaged six houses, while seawater entered 10 others.

Barangay officials in Dumlog were concerned that a kilometer-long seawall that protects residents from sea surges might not bear the assault.

Dumlog Barangay Chief and Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Charles Basillote said the waves yesterday destroyed a portion of the seawall that guards Sitios Litmon and Baybay.

The seawall was a project of the Talisay City Government, the Cebu Provincial government and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas that started in 2007 and ended in 2010.

Basillote said that if the seawall is not fixed immediately, the road leading toward the two sitios might collapse if struck by big waves.

Readiness

Aside from Poblacion and Dumlog, Barangay Tanke has one house that was damaged. In Barangay Cansojong, 11 houses were destroyed while eight others were damaged.

In Barangay San Roque, 10 houses were reportedly breached by waves.

For now, Barangays Pooc and Biasong are still being monitored by the authorities.

After hearing about the incident, Talisay City Administrator Richel Bacaltos immediately called an emergency meeting of the Talisay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (TCDRRMC) yesterday afternoon.

Bacaltos, who also chairs the TCDRRMC, instructed the affected barangays to monitor within the next 24 hours. He also instructed them to prepare their evacuation centers.

He asked the Talisay City Rescue Emergency Assistance Team (TREAT) to prepare for any emergency. Bacaltos also ordered the CSWD to provide relief goods to affected families and the Talisay City Engineering Department to assess the damage. (With DSM)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/239559/gener-displaces-over-1000-peopl...

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Vietnam:

 

9 dead, 1 missing due to floods, landslides

Quick Report of the Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Surgeons said 27.7 rescuers found the bodies of two young children in H.Phong Tho (Lai Chau) and H.Muong La (Son La) were water washed away.

Thus, the heavy rains, flash floods, landslides in the northern mountainous province has nine people dead, 1 missing and 1 wounded. In Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, floods also washed away 11 houses, damaged 318 houses and other roofs, 11 rooms or roofs collapsed, 1,175 ha of rice and colors are fallen, some erosion route.

According to Prediction Center Hydrometeorological Surgeons, Sports flooding on the river, flowing rivers had peaked and down slowly. However, because of Tuyen Quang hydroelectric opening a blow down, water levels on the river Lot in Tuyen Quang going up, potentially peaking at 23.5 m (below the alarm 2 is 0.5 m) in 7.28 this morning. The water level downstream at Pha Lai Thai Binh river and downstream in Hanoi Red River continues to rise quickly, but also as an alarming rate.

http://www.thanhnien.com.vn/pages/20120728/9-nguoi-chet-1-nguoi-mat...

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Costa Rica:

 

Costa Rica: Two dead and 2,000 evacuated from floods

SAN JOSE, 30 (ANSA) - Two people were killed and at least 2,000 are in shelters across five populations of the Caribbean zone of Costa Rica, due to floods in 38 locations in the provinces of Limon and Cartago.
     The Costa Rican Red Cross announced today that it rescued in waters of the Rio Matina - on the Atlantic coast - the body of the Nicaraguan Gilbert Martinez Zamora 25, swept away last Friday in the area of Estrada, Tortuguero canals.
     Rescuers remain in the area in search of two banana workers reported missing in Matina and Talamanca.
     Tablazo area, one of those affected by the overflowing of rivers and material detachment, a woman aged 85, died of cardiac arrest. In some of the locations hit by the floods, still unable to enter the rescue teams because of the seriousness of the situation.
     The National Relief Operations and auxiliary committees of the Red Cross of Costa Rica integrate rescue teams trying to enter the isolated locations. Also, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) maintains the state of yellow alert.
     Walter Fonseca, director of operations for the CNE said that since last Friday 27 heavy rains raised the river levels in some populations and the water rises over one meter.
     Werner Stolz Meanwhile, the Meteorological Institute, announced that the rains will continue for at least two days. XLC-MI/ACZ

http://www.ansa.it/ansalatina/notizie/notiziari/amcentr/20120730222...

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Panama:

 

One killed by floods in Bocas del Toro, Panama

PANAMA, 30 (ANSA) - One person died, 1,448 were evacuated and at least 38,000 were left without essential services in Panama as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains in the province of Bocas del Toro, 450 kilometers west of the capital.
     The downpours have left many communities cut off Bocas del Toro, on the border with Costa Rica, by the overflowing of rivers Sixaola, Changuinola and Teribe. A total of 1,432 people are in temporary shelters.
     Arturo Alvarado, director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) indicated that there are 3,380 people affected, in addition to the 30,000 who were without drinking water for 38 hours.
     The only victim, said the Sinaproc, is an eight year old boy who drowned when swept away by the water when his family tried to cross the creek Pita. The institution got the alert from yellow to green to midnight, to devote himself to inspect the affected areas and seek help. XLB-DS/DFG

http://www.ansa.it/ansalatina/notizie/notiziari/amcentr/20120730183...

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