6 dead due to 'Basyang'


Posted at Feb 03 2014 12:34 PM | Updated as of Feb 03 2014 08:34 PM

MANILA – At least six people died due to tropical storm "Basyang," the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC said five people died in Cebu and one in Southern Leyte. Three of them drowned, two electrocuted, and one killed in a landslide incident.

The NDRRMC said 13 landslide incidents, four flooding, and two sea mishaps occurred due to Basyang.

One resident in Cebu was injured due to Basyang.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC also five people, including a Korean national, were reported missing after their boat sunk off Cebu. However, the Philippine Coast Guard said the boat passengers have already been rescued.

At least 9,328 families or 42,987 people were affected by the storm, with 5,646 people forced to evacuate.

'Basyang' entered the Philippine area of responsibility as a tropical depression last January 30 and intensified into tropical storm the following day.

It made landfall in Siargao Island and crossed Negros provinces, Guimaras, Panay and northern Palawan. It left PAR shortly after Sunday midnight.