#NonaPH dumps heavy rains; new tropical depression to enter PAR

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - Last Updated on December 16, 2015

Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) lashed provinces in Samar and Luzon islands on Tuesday, resulting to heavy downpour and flooding in many areas.

Almost 743,000 people or 165, 554 families were affected by the typhoon according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

At least three persons reportedly died during the onslaught of the storm. One victim was identified as Aucete Pascual Jr. from Allen, Northern Samar.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, 6,917 passengers were stranded in various ports in Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Palawan, Southern Luzon, Western Visayas and Bicol due to rough sea conditions. Bus and airline companies also cancelled trips and flights.

Power interruption affected more than a hundred municipalities in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII. Classes were suspended in twenty provinces.

The heavy rains caused flash flooding in Metro Manila roads that prolonged the heavy traffic until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

‘Nona’ entered the Philippine Area of Responsiblity on December 13 and made five landfalls on Tuesday in Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro.

Based on PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, ‘Nona’ has slightly weakened and is now over the West Philippine Sea. It maintained maximum sustained winds of 130kph and gustiness of up to 160kph. It will exit PAR by Saturday morning.

Weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring another tropical depression outside PAR, which is about 1,425 kilometers east southeast of Mindanao.

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