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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

Bicol reels from "Ulysses"

One dead, three missing in Bicol as “Ulysses” heads for Polillo Island tonight

MANILA – A 68-year old male was reported to have died while three others were reported missing in Camarines Norte as “Ulysses” kept its maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 197 kilometers per hour. Another was reported injured according to reports reaching the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center in Legazpi City.

The strong typhoon displaced 47,316 families or 171,159 individuals. There are 45,176 families or 162,753 persons inside 573 evacuation centers in the Bicol Region. According to the same report, 2,140 families opted to stay with immediate relatives or friends outside the government-provided temporary shelters.

As of 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, there were 136 flooding incidents in 32 municipalities across the region. There were three landslides reported in Camarines Sur while another was reported in Bulusan, Sorsogon.

RDRRMCO Spokesperson Gremil Alexis Naz said a big portion of Albay has no electric power coupled with intermittent mobile phone signals from both Globe and Smart in the first Congressional District.

Over in Camarines Sur, 12 towns and Iriga City are without water supply while in Catanduanes, residents have no electric power while 90 percent of the province has no water supply.

Almost a thousand individuals have been stranded across the region’s ports due to the suspension of sea travel along with 255 freight trucks and 44 light vehicles as 46 vessels sought shelter in several coves in the region. (Melo M. Acuña)

"Ulysses" as tracked by PAGASA as of 5:00 P.M., Wednesday. (PAGASA Satellite Image)

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