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Basyang still hampering
classes, sea travel today
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO & CARLA GOMEZ

Tropical Depression "Basyang" made landfall over Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, and was moving towards the Sulu Sea, as of 11 last night, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

However, Signal No. 1 remained over Negros Occidental and Oriental and disaster risk reduction management groups throughout the island remained on alert for flooding amid expected heavy rains.

Inter-island s ea travel will remain suspended until Signal No. 1 is lifted over Negros, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

Mayor EvelioLeonardia again ordered the suspension of classes in all public and private pre-schools in Bacolod today since the province is still under Signal No. 1.

However, classes in all public and private elementary and secondary schools in Bacolod will resume today, the mayor also ordered.

Mayor Neil Lizares said that, due to continued heavy rains, classes at all levels in Talisay City will remain cancelled today.

Classes in public and private schools were also suspended inother towns and cities of Negros Occidental yesterday.

POWER OUT

Central Negros Electric Cooperative consumers connected to Bacolod-Silay 69kV Transmission Lines experienced unscheduled power interruptions Monday, CENECO general manager SulpicioLagarde said.

This happened after two of Bacolod-Silay 69kV poles fell amid strong winds.

MORE RAIN

Rain will continue during Valentines Day today, IsaganiRepublica, weather forecaster of the Provincial Disaster Management and Program Division, said.

Pagasa, in its 11 p.m. bulletin yesterday,said the center of Tropical Depression "Basyang" was estimated to be in the vicinity of Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.

Its maximum sustained winds was 45 kph near the center and gustiness was up to 60 kph, it said.

As of 11 last night Signal No. 1 remained over Palawan, including Calamian and the Cuyo groups of islands in Luzon; Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Bohol, and Cebu in the Visayas; and the northern section of Misamis Occidental, and northern section of Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao.

The Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Council held an emergency yesterday morning in preparation for “Basyang”, Jose Maria Vargas said.

Vargas said they met in case the situation would worsen. However, the tropical storm was downgraded to a tropical depression yesterday.

During the Disaster Council and Emergency Meeting, they advised police station commanders of Bac-up 1 to 10 to patrol their areas of responsibility, especially critical areas that usually experience flooding that are under the jurisdiction of Bac-up 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9, he said.

Their team also conducted patrols in barangays that are usually flooded but, so far, there was no problem, Vargas said.

Barangays 12 and Cabughad a brownout yesterday.*CPG/CGS

 

 

 

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