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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

"Dante" claims three lives, injures two others

Dante” now over Bataan and southern Zambales

MANILA – The government’s weather bureau, PAGASA said Tropical Storm “Dante” with international name Choi-wan, was estimated over the waters of Nasugbu in Batangas with its strongest winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 90 kilometers per hour and has been moving at the northwestward direction of 15 kilometers per hour as of 10:00 P.M.

An hour after, it has already crossed the southwestern portion of Batangas and now heading towards Bataan Peninsula-Southern Zambales area. Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal Number 2 remains hoisted over the extreme northern portion of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Islands, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, the southwestern portion of Bulacan, western portion of Pampanga, Zambales and western portion of Tarlac, and the western portion of Pangasinan.

Signal Number 1 remains over the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, rest of the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro, western portion of Quezon, Laguna, Metro Manila, Rizal and the rest of Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, western portion of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Pangasinan, the southern portion of Benguet and La Union.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported three fatalities, two injured and one missing, all of whom are from Regions XI and XII.

Over in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the continue to monitor the tropical storm.

In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, he said the NCRRMC has conducted its pre-disaster risk assessment as early as Monday, Mary 31,2021 and issued the necessary warnings and reminders to Local Government Units on disaster preparedness activities and pre-emptive evacuation of communities considered hazard-prone.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has standby funds amounting to P1.105 billion including P113 million worth of family food packs. The Philippine Coast Guard has continued to assist in the evacuation and rescue operations in flood-hit areas. (Melo M. Acuña)

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) elements in Southern Leyte evacuated 40 stranded residents from Barangays Basak and Combado in Maasin City as floods rampaged the area triggered by Tropical Storm "Dante." The residents were brought to a government facility. (Photos from PCG Eastern Visayas)

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