1 dead due to tropical storm ‘Odette’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2017 10:35 AM

One person died after he was swept away by strong current at the height of tropical storm Odette in Apayao, authorities said. 

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said the elderly was crossing the river. 

“Sa kasamaang palad, mayroon tayong naitalang isang casualty dahil sa paguulan. Ito pong matandang lalaking ito na noong kasagsagan ng paguulan ay naalala niya ang kanyang kalabaw. Isisilong po sana niya kaso pag-tawid niya ng ilog, natangay po sila sa malakas na pag agos,” NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said. 

However, Marasigan did not give other details about the man during an interview on DZMM, but advised residents to remain vigilant.

“Kapag may pagbabanta na tayo ng sama ng taya ng panahon, wag na nating hintayin na umulan saka natin isisilong ang ating mga alagang hayop. Maganda po na habang hindi pa nagla-landfall ang bagyo ay isilong na ang ating mga alagang hayop, mag-evacuate na po tayo para sa kaligtasan natin at kaligtasan ng ating kababayan,” she said. 

Marasigan said NDRRMC is coordinating with affected local government units as well as with the local social welfare and development workers to provide for the needs of families who evacuated due to the storm. 

“May ilang pamilyang naitala lalo na sa probinsya ng Apayao na nag-evacuate dahil sa patuloy na pagulan na naranasan dahil sa bagyong Odette. Mayroon na rin tayong naitala na ilang mga barangay sa probinsiya ng Cagayan na mayroon nakakaranas ng pagbaha at may ilang hindi madaanan lalo na sa munisipyo ng Peñablanca,” she said. 

In its 5 a.m. weather advisory, weather bureau PAGASA said tropical storm Odette has maintained its strength and remained almost stationary for the past six hours over the West Philippine Sea. 

The storm is located 280 kilometers West Northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan as of 4 a.m. It is still packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 113 kph. 

Odette is forecast to move West Northwest at 10 kph, PAGASA said. 

Pangasinan remains under storm signal number 1. 

The storm is expected to be 450 km West Northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur by Sunday morning. 

“Nakataas pa rin ang ating blue alert hindi lang sa ating national operations center pati na rin ang ating regional operations center sa Regions 1, 2 at Cordillera para sa pagsisiguro ng pagbibigay ng ayuda sa ating kababayan at masiguro na rin ang kanilang kaligtasan,” she said.