By Aaron Recuenco
More than half a million people were forced to seek refuge in evacuation centers as typhoon “Tisoy” (international name “Kammuri”) passed through Luzon and the Visayas.
Authorities said the strong weather disturbance also left homes and other structures damaged, roads impassable due to flooding and uprooted trees, and caused massive power outage in some of the areas along its path.
The biggest number of displaced people were reported in the Bicol region where “Tisoy” made a landfall late Monday evening, with 90,000 families or some 359,000 reported evacuees in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Naga City, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon.
“Power outage was also reported in the entire province of Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and many parts of Camarines Sur,” said Sherrie Ann Balingit, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol region.
OCD personnel are currently assessing the extent of the destruction left by “Tisoy” in Bicol region.
At least 12,600 families, or 41,000 people, were also displaced in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon.
The power supply in Macalelon, San Andres, Pitogo, and Gumaca; 14 barangays in Atimonan, all in Quezon province, was cut as some transmission lines and electric posts were toppled.
A total of 18,446 people from 4,434 families were also forced to flee their homes in Marinduque, Romblon, and the Mindoro provinces.
In Western Visayas, at least 1,800 individuals were also monitored to have moved to evacuation centers in several parts of the region, according to Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Western Visayas regional police.
In Central Visayas, at least 5,134 people were forced to vacate their homes and seek shelter in evacuation centers for safety, according to Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, the regional police director.
There were almost 300 evacuation centers set up in the entire region.
In Eastern Visayas, more or less 22,000 people were evacuated before and during the onslaught of “Tisoy,” according to Maj. Bella Rentuaya, spokesperson of the Eastern Visayas regional police.
Of the number, a total of 5,491 of them are in Leyte; 45 in Southern Leyte; 2,137 in Biliran; 11,577 in Samar; 748 in Eastern Samar; 951 in Tacloban City; and 1,043 in Ormoc City.
Thousands of passengers were also left stranded due to cancelled flights and the prohibition for passenger ships to sail in various parts of the country.
In the Bicol region, a total of 4,104 people were stranded in various ports in Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Masbate. Most of the stranded passengers are in Sorsogon (3,681).
A total of 620 people, on the other hand, were stuck in ports and terminals in Western Visayas.
In Central Visayas, the regional police reported that a total of 1,083 passengers in different ports and terminals in the region — 237 are in Bohol; 296 in Cebu, and 550 in Cebu City.
In Eastern Visayas, a total of 1,871 are currently in various ports and terminals in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Ormoc City, and Northern Samar.
In the Bicol region, at least one person was reported to have died of electrocution but the OCD Bicol is validating the report.
Pamuspusan, on the other hand, stated that one person was reported missing in Western Visayas at the height of the storm.
In Lucena City, a police sergeant died when the motorcycle he was driving crashed due to slippery road on Monday night and was eventually hit by a truck while he was trying to stand up.
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