Scores missing, injured as ‘Juaning’ pounds Luzon

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Storm “Juaning” continues to pound Luzon as it heads north, leaving several people injured and missing and forcing authorities to suspend classes.

Heavy rains left various low-lying areas in Metro Manila submerged in floodwaters and slippery roads triggered several car accidents. The Department of Education ordered a suspension of afternoon classes up to high school level in the metropolis.

In Catanduanes, where storm signal number 2 is hoisted, 38-year-old fishermen Ronnie Tablante was found injured after being reported missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its 12 noon report Tuesday.

Seven fishermen in Eastern Samar were rescued Tuesday morning but 11 others have remained missing since Sunday in Eastern Samar, Catanduanes and Albay, the NDRRMC said.

Rough seas barred eight shipping vessels from leaving the ports in Matnog, Pilar,Tabaco and Pioduran, all in Albay and in Pasacao, Catanduanes. This left about 630 passengers and 38 vehicles stranded.

As of 11 a.m., Juaning was moving at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour west-northwest and “posing a real threat” to Quezon and Aurora provinces, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services said. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph.

Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon including Polillo Island and Aurora were placed under storm Signal No. 2.

Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Apayao, Cagayan, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Isabela, Ifugao, La union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Burias Island, Sorsogon and Metro Manila.

As of 6 a.m., two of nine water dams were nearing their spilling level. La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, with 80.15 meters spilling level, registered a 79.17 meters of water, NDRRMC. The Ipo Dam in Bulacan had 99.89 meters of water of its 100.87 meters spilling level.

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