Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Typhoon "Juaning": 12 fishermen rescued in Marinduque, 1 dead.

Philstar reported that an unidentified fisherman was found dead while 12 others were rescued in Marinduque, according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente. Local reports said the rescued fishermen were from Dalahican, Lucena City. Ricafrente said search and rescue operations were being conducted in the vicinity of Masbate for the 20 fishermen who were reported missing after their fishing boat F/B Hope Christy capsized.

This morning two more fishermen were reportedly rescued near the coast of Libtangin in Gasan and now undergoing treatment at the said town’s hospital.

So, there seems to be basis for complaints aired on TV last night on “erroneous weather forecast” that resulted in deaths in the Bicol region and other areas. This blogger noted yesterday that “Juaning” was the one most felt in Marinduque after many typhoons have hit the country in recent months. Yet, Marinduque only remained under Signal No. 1. There are also reports that landslides have occurred in Brgy. Tugos rendering some roads impassable.

“We will see, we will study it, perhaps when this is over,” Philstar quoted President Aquino to have told Palace reporters in a chance interview at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Aquino made the statement in reply to queries whether he agreed with the complaint of Albay Governor Salceda whose province was severely hit by the unexpected floods.

The President nevertheless defended the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that had issued hourly weather updates that were also sent to Malacañang and concerned local government units. “At this point, I don’t see any reason (for that complaint). But we will check, see if there is a validity.”

With reports from