Gorio causes floods, stranded travelers in Eastern Visayas

Tropical Storm “Gorio” stranded more than 10,000 passengers in Eastern Visayas on Saturday, June 29.

“Gorio” made its first landfall in Hernani Eastern Samar by 8:00 am on June 29, 2013, bringing heavy to intense rain which caused flooding and landslides, and impassable roads.

How Tropical Storm Gorio (Signal No. 2) looks like in Ormoc ( 9:30 am June 29, 2013).

The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Program recently completed their Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign in Eastern Visayas last January 27, two days before “Gorio” made its landfall.

Local disaster risk-reduction officers, LGU officials, and representatives of the academe and various non-government organizations attended the IEC, which aims to equip local stakeholders in preparing for impending disasters and hazards.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that as of 12 noon on June 29, 2013, a total of 10,064 passengers, 83 vessels, 1,031 rolling cargoes, and 21 motor bancas were stranded in Central Visayas, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Northern Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas.

At least 23 domestic flights from four airlines were also cancelled due to the bad weather.

According to the 11:00 pm PAGASA report on June 29, 2013, the center of Tropical Storm “Gorio” was estimated at 60 km Northeast of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (13.6°N, 121.6°E), with a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

“Gorio” is expected to be at 350 km Northwest of Metro Manila tomorrow evening. By Monday evening, it will be at 870 km Northwest of Metro Manila and it is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Typhoon track of Tropical Storm Gorio as of 10:32 pm, June 29, 2013

(image from noah.dost.gov.ph)

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