NONA LEAVES 1 DEAD, 5 INJURED IN MASBATE

MASBATE CITY — One person died in Mandaon town and five others were injured in various parts of Masbate province during the onslaught of Typhoon “Nona”, a report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Thursday.

The PDRRMO estimated damages of Php2.1 million in infrastructure, particularly in Burias Island.

At least 229 houses were totally damaged — 224 in San Pascual, Burias Island and five in Balud town — rendering 1,145 individuals homeless.

Partially damaged abodes numbered 627, involving 3,135 persons.

Also affected were 43,397 individuals inside evacuation centers and 31,087 outside these temporary shelters, the PDRRMO said.

About 43 persons got stranded in Cataingan port as the Philippine Coast Guard did not allow them to travel to Cebu.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed 100 sacks of rice to the towns of Aroroy, Balud, Cawayan and Milagros and 50 sacks of rice in the municipalities of San Fernando and Batuan.

The PDDRRMO report said local government units shelled out relief goods in Balud with 16,000 food packs; Cataingan, 8,600 food packs; Milagros, 777 food packs; and Mobo, 46,050 — at Php150 per food pack.

The provincial government of Masbate also gave out relief goods consisting of 69 boxes of corned beef and 33 boxes of sardines in the towns of Aroroy, Balud, Cawayan, Milagros; and 34 boxes of corned beef and 16 boxes of sardines in Batuan and San Fernando towns.

Although there are no longer rains and winds, only a few areas have electric power restored.

The absence of Smart and Globe telecommunications signals in some parts of the province still poses a problem.

Operations of sea vessels have been back since Wednesday while classes at all levels from elementary to college have been resumed. Norman Tamar/PNA