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Tropical storm Gorio makes landfall in Samar, Philippines: Thousands stranded


Tropical storm Gorio (international name Rumbia) made landfall today morning in Hernani, Eastern Samar, Philippines.

Around 5,400 passengers are believed to be stranded in Visayas and Bicol region due to effects of Tropical storm Gorio, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

According to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines, several domestic flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.

As of 11 a.m, Gorio was located 30 kilometers southeast of Catbalogan, Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Related post: Tropical storm disasters in Philippines in 2013

Storm warning signal number 2 is currently in effect in 13 provinces of Philippines including Masbate, Ticao, Samar and Leyte.

Similarly storm warning signal number 1 has been issued for 26 provinces including Batangas, Bulacan, Zambales, Aurora, Metro Manila, Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island.

The government has already provided 6.9 milllion pesos worth of emergency relief relief to those affected by Gorio.

PAGASA has predicted 5-15 mm rainfall per hour within 300 km radius.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 29, 2013

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