Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Storm ‘Ramon’ batters Mindanao

Satellite image of storm 'Ramon' as it moves towards Luzon Island. (PAGASA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 12, 2011) – Heavy rains brought about by storm “Ramon” (international code name Banyan) battered the southern Philippines since Tuesday and leaving many areas submerged in floods.

One miner died from a landslide in Butuan City and another woman drowned in Zamboanga City after flash flood swept her near a swollen river.

The Coast Guard also rescued 5 people, including a six-year old boy, from a boat which sank off Tawi-Tawi province in the Sulu archipelago.

In Dinagat Island in Surigao del Norte province, close to 200 people had been evacuated by authorities after flash floods threatened villages in Libjo and San Jose. Some 150 people were also stranded at the Lipata Ferry Terminal in Surigao City.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) many villages were flooded – some as high as four feet – in Misamis Oriental province where five houses had been destroyed by rampaging waters and displacing more than 100 people.

It said 7 fishermen from Misamis Oriental were also missing at sea and four others had been rescued off Bohol province.

The storm, weather experts, said was heading towards Visayas and Luzon Island. (Mindanao Examiner)

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