• Typhoon ‘Gorio’ exits country today


    Typhoon “Gorio” will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

    “We still keep track of the tropical storm [Gorio] as it comes near to the Taiwan area,” PAGASA forecaster Obet Badrina said on Saturday, adding it was last spotted at 215 kilometers Northeast of Basco, Batanes bringing stormy weather to the area.

    Badrina noted another tropical depression will possibly enter the PAR as Gorio moves to Taiwan in the afternoon today.

    PAGASA raised storm warning signal No. 2 in Bataan while signal No. 1 was raised over the Babuyan Group of Islands.

    Monsoon rains may trigger flashfloods and landslides affecting the Ilocos and Cordillera regions, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.

    Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon experienced cloudy skies and light to moderate rains and thunderstorms on Saturday.

    The state weather bureau issued a gale warning signal No. 3 to the seaboards of Luzon advising the fishing boats and small seacraft not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels were warned against big waves.

    Fisher folk were also advised not to venture out into the sea because of rough sea conditions and moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the southwest.

    DSWD assisting storm-affected families

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to monitor the situation of the families affected by Gorio.

    DSWD-Disaster Response and Management Bureau Assistant Director Carlos Padolina said 183 affected families made up of 664 individuals from Malabon City and Valenzuela City have been evacuated to eight designated centers.

    According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Gorio has affected 326 families or 1,254 people from Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

    The agency said 60 areas in the Metro Manila remain flooded.

    Meanwhile, the DSWD has distributed P1.722 million worth of relief goods for the families affected by the storm. The food packs contain rice, cans of sardines, corned beef, coffee and non-food items.



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