Second Tropical Storm of 2014 Hits Philippines, 7 Dead

Tropical Storm Kajiki, named “Basyang” by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGAS), which struck the Philippines on Friday 31 January, was the second tropical storm to hit the Philippines in 2014 after Agaton, a tropical depression that lingered in the Philippines and caused flooding and landslides that killed over 60 people and displaced tens of thousands in the southern region of Mindanao.

According to a February 4 update by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the death toll from Tropical Storm Basyang stands at seven people, with more than 5,000 persons displaced and still staying in evacuation centres.

The latest victims include a 14-year old boy from Samboan town who was buried in a landslide, a 65-year-old man who drowned in Bantayan, and a one-year old girl in Talisay City who was killed when a fence fell over onto her. Earlier victims were a 5-year old boy of Compostela town and a 22-year old man from Cebu who died of electrocution, while two other people had drowned, one in Cebu and one in Southern Leyte.

Five persons, including a Korean national, who were earlier reported missing after a motorboat sank off Camotes Island, were rescued by fishermen on February 2nd, according to the latest NDRRMC update. After their rescue, the five men were hospitalised for minor injuries.

A total of 47,750 persons in 10,482 families were affected in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions, of whom 5,646 persons or 1,130 families are still living in 32 evacuation centres, while 85 houses had been damaged.

Tropical Storm Basyang weakened into a Tropical Depression while approaching Northern Palawan on Saturday February 1st, further weakened into a Low Pressure Area, and blew out over the South China Sea on Sunday February 2nd.

NDRRMC said all ports have resumed operations as the weather condition improves.

Sources: WSJ; NDRRMC; PhilStar