'Gener' leaves 8 dead

Posted at 07/31/2012 9:17 AM | Updated as of 07/31/2012 6:26 PM
PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 8:32 A.M., 31 July 2012

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Typhoon “Gener” has left at least 8 people dead as it lashed through parts of the country on Sunday and Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC added to the list of casualties Ieyan Hayo, 28; Bernard Buzon, 35; Merly Datinginoo, 45; Danieles Hipolito, 35; and Renante Jauculan Jr, 10.

The body of Buzon was discovered early Monday morning at a portion of Manila Bay in Rosario, Cavite.

Datinginoo drowned after the boat she was riding capsized off Tingloy, Batangas.

Hipolito was electrocuted while crossing a bridge in Barangay Panapaan 4, Bacoor, Cavite.

Meanwhile, Jauculan drowned during a family outing in Galas Beach Resort in Dipolog City, Pangasinan.

NDRRMC earlier reported that Bugasong, Antique resident Ronald Necor, 33, drowned last July 28.

Another casualty was 60-year-old Ernest Flores, who died of “respiratory problems” after the roll-on, roll-off (RORO) vessel he boarded ran aground and got burned down off Romblon on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Teodoro Flores, 40, died after a coconut tree fell on him in Barangay Santiago, San Pablo City, Laguna.

Several portions of Metro Manila, Rizal, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan remain flooded, forcing local government officers to announce the suspension of classes.

NDRRMC said 4 fishermen from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro remain missing.

At least 44,982 families were affected by the typhoon or 219,015 persons from Metro Manila and Regions I, II, III, VI-A, IV-B, VI, VII, and X.

Seven roads, seven bridges and a dike in 10 provinces were also temporarily closed due to damage.

At least 638 houses were either partially or totally damaged. These include the 30 houses which were rammed by 2 barges in Tondo that got removed from being anchored at the height of the rains.

Gener still inside PAR

State weather bureau PAGASA said a high-pressure area is preventing typhoon “Gener” from exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said the typhoon continues to move in a northward direction but a high-pressure area is preventing it from leaving PAR.

Gener was moving slowly at 7 kilometers per hour (kph), according to PAGASA.

“Bahagya siyang bumagal. From 11 naging 7 kph ang kanyang bilis. Ang kanyang direction ay north-northwest, papuntang bansang Taiwan. Dahil sa high-pressure area sa taas ng bagyong Gener, iyun ang nagba-block o pumipigil,” Cada told radio dzMM.

PAGASA said at this speed and direction, Gener is expected to leave PAR by Thursday.

Storm warning signal number 3 remains hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, while signal number 2 are still up over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao remain under storm warning signal number 1.

PAGASA said Gener was packing winds of 120 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 150 kph.

As of 4 p.m., Gener was located 260 kms east northeast of Basco, Batanes.

The typhoon will continue to bring rains over Luzon and Visayas, especially the western section, as it enhances the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA estimated a rainfall amount of 10 to 35 millimeters per hour (heavy - torrential) within the typhoon’s 700-kilometer diameter.