“Gorio” (international name Rubia) is the first storm ever where no deaths or injuries were reported, a ranking official of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday.
“I think this is the first time that we have a zero casualty from a tropical storm,” NDRRMC executive director, Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, said.
Del Rosario, who is concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said no injuries were reported either.
He attributed the absence of fatalities or injuries to preparations made by local government units and the NDRRMC units on the ground, as well as the accurate forecasting of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Gorio hit land last Saturday in Samar and roared its up to Bicol and Southern Luzon. Del Rosario said the storm caused minimal damage to properties and infrastructure. It knocked out electricity in Eastern Samar, triggered a landslide in Biliran province and swept a Vietnamese-registered ship onto a beach in Bicol.
The storm also caused flooding in Metro Manila that that quickly subsided on Sunday morning, he said.
Del Rosario said that storm affected a total of 2,309 families or 11,691 individuals in Region 5 and stranded a 9,439 passengers in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.
If “Gorio” maintains its direction it will be out of the of the country’s area of responsibility on Monday morning.
As of 11 a.m. Sunday, the storm was in the West Philippine Sea, passing Lubang Island in Mindoro.
WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL