Tropical depression “Basyang”, the second weather disturbance to hit the country this 2014, crossed Cebu around 11:45 PM Friday, January 31 leaving hundreds of evacuees. The evacuees were able ito immediately return home after threat of storm surge and landslide dissipated.
With maximum sustained winds of 65kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph when it entered Cebu, “Basyang” brought strong winds that vehemently hammered Cebu City and other areas in Central Cebu. Threat of storm surge and land slide forced several residents in hazard prone areas to go to evacuation centers until weather improved.
Naga City had the most number of evacuees with 189 families, followed by the municipality of Minglanilla which had 184 families, and San Fernando with 123 families. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) recorded a total of 662 families who evacuated from their homes to different evacuation centers as part of pre-emptive measures.
Different evacuation centers in Talisay City housed 75 families from five different barangays. The Municipality of Compostela evacuated 49 families, and the Municipality of Lilo-an evacuated 33 families.
Dalaguete Sports Complex served as the evacuation center for five (5) families evacuated from barangay Poblacion while the Carcar Sports Complex catered 4 evacuee-families from flood prone areas.
PDRRMO has identified one minor injury, PO1 Janice Deiparine whose left leg was hit by a galvanized sheet. No fatalities nor missing persons recorded.
Talisay City Social Welfare Officer reported an undetermined number of houses damaged due to a landslide in Brgy Manipis. Damage assessment is still on going as of press time.
Latest location of tropical storm “Basyang” is now over Sulu sea moving towards northern Palawan.
Public Storm Signal in Cebu was lowered to signal number 1 early February 1, 2014. Diane Higida