Storm Bebeng kills 9

MANILA, Philippines – at least nine persons were confirmed dead and another one is reported missing as ‘Tropical Storm Bebeng’ slams through the eastern part of Luzon on Sunday afternoon, government reports said Monday.

Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said seven of the storm fatalities are from the Bicol region, where the storm made its landfall, and two are from the Eastern Visayas region.

The reports identified the fatalities from the Bicol region as Plaribel Ruelan, 19; Princess Ruelan, 8-month old; Marcon Sanchez, 7; Ricsan Sayamora, 9; Aristep Sabido, 31; Arnulfo Pesito, 23 and Lourdes Lantero, 58.

While the fatalities from the Eastern Visayas region were identified by the reports as Jerry Mijares, 38 and Luis Dingcol, 47 both from Leyte while missing was Adrian Clark, 16 of Libon, Albay. The fatalities died from drowning and landslide.

The reports said is now heading toward Quezon-Aurora area with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near Daet, Camarines Norte and gustiness of up to 100 kilometers per hour, also left hundreds of families homeless and several passengers stranded.

The NDRRMC reports said that 626 families, or 3,130 persons, from Barangays Ma-in, Puna, San Isidro, Licuma, Libertad, San Juan, Bagong Buhay and Lao, all in Ormoc City, were evacuated to safer areas due to flooding.

Signal number 2 remains hoisted in nine provinces, including Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya, and Isabela.

The provinces of Sorsogon, Albay, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Ifugao, Southern Cagayan, Quirino and Northern Samar were placed under signal number 1.

Bebeng is expected to to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring monsoon rains over the rest of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under storm warning signals 1 and 2 were advised to take all the necessary precautions against possible landslides and flashfloods.

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