‘Nina’-affected families in Regions IV and V now at 17,277

MANILA — Inclement weather spawned by Typhoon “Nina” (international name Nock-ten) has so far affected 17,277 families or 72,869 individuals in Regions IV and V.

In its 8 a.m. update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said these families are from 202 barangays in Mimaropa and Region V.

Meanwhile, a total of 77,560 families or around 383,097 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Regions V and VIII.

NDRRMC chief Ricardo Jalad said as of 4 a.m. Monday, 12,019 passengers, 1,047 rolling cargoes, 43 vessels and six motorbancas were stranded in various ports of Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Central, Eastern, and Western Visayas.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said “Nina” has weakened after it made landfall over Tingloy, Batangas province.

It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.

“Nina” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday (Dec. 28).

The state weather bureau has advised that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and storm surge height of up to 2.5 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Camarines Sur and southern Quezon, PAGASA noted.

Areas under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) No. 3 are Batangas, northern portions of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Islands.

Metro Manila, Rizal, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Cavite, Laguna, and the rest of Mindoro provinces are under TCWS No. 2.

The rest of Quezon including Polilio Islands, Bulacana, Pampanga, southern Zambales, Romblon, Camarines Norte, Bataan and Calamian Group of Islands are under TCWS No. 1. PNA-northboundasia.com