19 people missing in Philippines due to typhoon Basyang

21:26, July 13, 2010      

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A grade school student covers her head with a towel after classes are suspended in Metro Manila because of Typhoon Conson which packs the wind speed of 119 kilometers per hour, July 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Nineteen people were reported missing in separate sea mishaps off north-eastern Philippine province of Catanduanes Tuesday due to typhoon Basyang, a military spokesman said.

A fisherman named Romualdo Trinidad who was previously reported missing, was rescued, Maj. Harold Cabunoc, spokesman of the 9th Infantry Division, said.

In Pandan town, Cabunoc said, three fishing boats capsized due to big waves. "Nine were reported missing, and one of them, Romulado Trinidad, was rescued. The eight are still missing as of now and the Army is existing efforts to locate them,"he said.

In Bagamanok town, Cabunoc said, 11 people were reported missing when their boat failed to reach the shore. "Government militiamen have been tasked to locate the 11 still missing individuals," he said.

The government did not falter in informing the people of Catantduanes not to go into the sea because of Basyang."Some people are really hard-headed. They know that a typhoon is coming, its even announced in the radio. The government has no shortcoming in this,"Cabunoc said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Tuesday that typhoon Basyang, or otherwise known as Conson, moving at 120 kilometers per hour, will make a landfall Wednesday. The state-run weather forecaster warned that the typhoon will cause flash floods and landslides in several areas in northern Philippines.

Source: Xinhua


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