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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

RDCC calls on LGUs to be vigilant as typhoon Feria rages in Region 8

Tacloban City (June 24) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas has called on the local government executives specially those in low lying areas, to be vigilant as tropical storm Feria might cause flooding and landslides.

In the early morning of Tuesday, the Philippine Information Agency has received TS Feria situationer reports from its provincial information centers in Samar, Northern Samar and Biliran.

Catbalogan was reported to be flooded already and later reports pointed out that the flood is about one meter high due to continuous heavy rains. This is accompanied by gusty winds.

The observed rainfall in the past 18 hours ending at 2:00 o’clock in the morning of June 23 indicated that Catbalogan had an observed rainfall of 74.0 mm while Guiuan Eastern Samar had 6.0 mm; Maasin had 3.0; and Catarman, Tacloban and Borongan had 0.0 mm.

In Catarman, street flooding started to be experienced early in the morning due to incessant heavy rains.

In Tacloban, classes were suspended for preschool, elementary and secondary levels as TS Feria raged Tacloban City and Leyte. Local chief executives, school administrators were up early in the morning to monitor the weather update and to utilize the radio in disseminating the no classes directive.

Meanwhile in Biliran province, report coming from the PIA provincial office indicated that streets and rice fields are under flood waters and several trees have been blown down by strong winds.

Sketchy reports coming from Bontoc, Southern Leyte indicated that landslide has occurred near a school in Bontoc and that heavy rains was also being experienced in the area.

Power was interrupted in the whole Region 8 until the late afternoon of January 23.

As of press time, TS Feria is said to have made a rainfall at Borongan, Eastern Samar but signal number 2 is still hoisted among many provinces including those of Eastern Visayas.

People living near mountain slopes, near or along river course and those in flood-prone and low-lying areas and the disaster coordinating councils concerned to be alert for possible flooding and landslides.

Watercourses likely to be affected are the rivers and streams in Northern Samar particularly Catarman, Bugko, Pambuhan, Catubig and Palapag rivers.

Also likely to be affected are the Oras, Dolores, Ulot and Taft Rivers in Eastern Samar; Basey, Calbiga and Silaga Rivers in Samar; Palo, Sangputan, Daguitan-Rabang, Cadacan, Salug, Pagbangaran and Pagsungahan Rivers in the province of Leyte; and Bisiday, Himbangan and Pandan Rivers in Southern Leyte. (PIA 8) [top]

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