More than 1,800 passengers were stranded while nearly 500 individuals were forced to flee their homes due to the effects of typhoon “Bising” (international name: Surigae) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) and in Bicol, officials said on Sunday, April 18.
Executive Director Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said a total of 865 passengers were stranded in various ports in Eastern Visayas. There were also 391 rolling cargoes and four other vessels that were prevented from sailing due to rough sea conditions.
In Bicol, 995 passengers were stranded in ports while 319 rolling cargoes such as buses, trucks, and other land vehicles were restricted from traveling.
Meanwhile, 32 families composed of 136 individuals were pre-emptively evacuated at the municipal gym of Mapanas, Northern Samar as heavy rains and strong wind battered residents around 12 midnight, said Office of Civil Defense (OCD) spokesperson Mark Timbal.
There were also 105 families composed of 340 persons that were evacuated in Garchitorena, Camarines Sur due to typhoon Bising, Timbal added.
The NDRRMC maintained its “Red Alert” status since it started its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) operations last year to coordinate the response of regional and provincial DRRM offices that would be affected by typhoon “Bising” amid the pandemic.
Jalad said there were a total of P1.6 billion in stockpiles and standby funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that are readily available for deployment in areas that will be hit by the typhoon.
Typhoon Bising maintained its strength as it moves over the Philippine Sea in the estern portion of Sorsogon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
It was located at 375 kilometer east of Juban, Sorsogon or 345 km east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 a.m. Sunday and was moving northwest at a speed of 20 km per hour.
Typhoon Bising packs a maximum sustained winds of 215 km per hour near the center and has a gustiness of up to 265 km per hour.