By Martin Sadongdong
Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) made landfall over Sorsogon province on Monday night, destroying key structures and toppling almost everything in its path.
Tisoy landed in Gubat town around 11 p.m., according to weather officials.
Office of Civil Defense Bicol (OCD-5) Regional Director Claudio Yucot said its effects were immediately felt in Bicol region.
“We were battered by strong winds and heavy rains as early as 10 p.m.,” Yucot said in a DZBB radio interview on Tuesday.
Tisoy moved to Burias and Quezon towns in the next two hours and by the time the eye of the typhoon passed Yucot’s team around midnight, they were witnesses to its destructive effects.
“Para kaming ginupitan ng mapurol na gunting (It’s as if a dull pair of scissors cut through [the region]),” Yucot said.
Felled trees littered the roads, houses were destroyed, and toppled electric posts caused power interruptions in the province, he said.
Yucot confirmed at least one fatality due to Tisoy.
He identified the victim as Marco Paulo Orsowa, 33, of Libmanan, Camarines Sur. He died of electrocution while fixing their roof amid the heavy rains.
Yucot said his team was staying at the regional police headquarters at Camp Ola in Legaspi, Albay where they use a generator to power their communication lines and coordinate the assessment of the typhoon’s effects.
The OCD official said relief goods were sufficient for 358,950 residents in Bicol region who were being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
“Even before the storm arrived, the regional social and welfare development office has already pre-positioned family food packs, malongs, and dignity and sanitary kits that will last for two days for every affected family,” he said.
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