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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

TS Feria hits Eastern Visayas; brings damage to crops, homes, properties

Tacloban City (June 24) -- Tropical storm Feria entered the area of Eastern Visayas on June 23 and caused damages not only to agriculture but also to properties and homes in Region 8, especially in Eastern Samar where the storm had a landfall.

As of 9:00 o'clock last night, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council Operations Center in Eastern Visayas reported the occurrence of tornado in Can-avid, Eastern Samar which totally damaged 15 houses at Barangay Rawis.

The tornado also caused the damage of 2 houses at Barangay Carolina, three houses at Barangay Malogo and partially damaging school buildings at Eastern Samar State University Can-avid Campus.

Reports received by the RDCC 8 Operations Center indicated the a minor landslide at Barangay Taa caused partial damages to the Taa Elementary School.

Meanwhile, a fisherman from Bogo, Cebu, by the name of Wilmo Cantilan, was swept by current and is now at sea in the vicinity of Isabel, Leyte.

Furthermore, tropical storm Feria caused 432 passengers to be stranded at the Dapdap and Looc Ports at Allen, Northern Samar, Mr. Rey Gozon, the Opcen manager said.

Classes at the elementary and highschool levels in Tacloban were suspended on June 23 due to tropical storm Feria. Students of the various colleges and universities were sent home at noontime as heavy rains and gusty winds heralded the presence of Feria in the area.

Even the personnel of various government and private agencies were also dismissed early as the whole Region was engulfed by total darkness due to power interruption which lasted until late in the afternoon.

Luckily, no damage to life has been reported. (PIA 8) [top]

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