Tropical Storm Bebeng, which made landfall over Catanduanes last Sunday (May 8), left 24 people dead, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
The NDRRMC reported that 33,034 families or 173,915 persons were affected in 237 barangays of 31 municipalities, 5 cities, and 10 provinces. Some 313 families or 1,449 persons were also taken to 11 evacuation centers.
An estimated production loss of P117,825,132.30 from the damage to 7,245 hectares of rice, corn, and livestock/poultry in Region V was recorded by the NDRRMC.
Meantime, the government weather bureau said, “Bebeng”, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour, is already moving away from the country in a north northeast direction.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm will be 330 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning and 130 kilometers west southwest of Okinawa, Japan by Thursday morning.
However, signal number 1 is still hoisted over Cagayan, Apayao, Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan.
PAGASA advised the public in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes to take all the necessary precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides.