By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Tuesday said that a total of 351 passengers, five vessels and three motorbancas were stranded in the Ports of Palawan and Cagayan due to Tropical Storm Henry.
In its latest situational report (SitRep) No. 1 for TS Henry and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon, the NDRRMC said that four families (15 persons) were affected after strong winds occurred in Purok Balinghoy, Brgy. Busay, in Bago City, Negros Occidental at about 10:12 a.m. Monday.
As a result, four houses were totally damaged. Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident.
Classes in 92 cities/municipalities in Regions III, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon),
MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and National Capital Region, were also suspended Tuesday due to bad weather.
Reports also added that seven barangays were flooded in Sta. Cruz and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
At around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, TS Henry made landfall over Dalupiri Island, Cagayan and is now heading towards the West Philippine Sea.
Occasional rains with gutsy winds are expected over the areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1.
The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) will bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, Palawan, and Western Visayas, and scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the rest of the country.
Residents of these areas, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas are advised to continue monitoring for updates, coordinate with their local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.
The NDRRMC said fisherfolks and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 and the western seaboard of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas associated with the approaching tropical depression and the SW.