TACLOBAN CITY – A registered nurse was killed while three others were wounded in Northern Samar when typhoon Glenda smashed Eastern Visayas last week. Confirmed dead was Lourdes Lim, 50, of Lagundi village, Allen, Northern Samar. Toppled electric post hit her while she was on her way home from her duty as a staff nurse of Allen District Hospital on the afternoon of July 14, according to the regional Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).

Northern Samar provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer Amancio Unay said fisherman Jeffrey Longcot and an unidentified companion have been reported missing for three days after they left their coastal village in Mapanas town on July 14. Three persons in Catarman, Northern Samar were injured at the wake of Glenda – Victoriano Custona, Jr., 46; Kim Sagurio, 31; and Joselito Tibayan, 49. At least 3,566 families in Eastern Visayas were moved to safer grounds last week as the state weather bureau raised public storm signals in Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Biliran and Southern Leyte.

Of the total displaced families, 941 were in Tacloban City, 124 in Leyte, 308 in Biliran, 553 in Northern Samar, 237 in Eastern Samar, 202 in Catbalogan City in Samar, and 1,200 in Calbayog City also in Samar.

 In Tacloban City, affected families who were living in tents and makeshift houses were evacuated at the Tacloban City Convention Center until evening of July 14.
“People voluntarily evacuated because the memory of super typhoon Yolanda is still fresh. They have been reactive to weather disturbances and we hope that this attitude will be sustained,” OCD Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong told reporters. At least 1,923 passengers bound for Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao and 203 rolling cargoes were stranded in Allen port in Northern Samar, Bato and Hilongos ports in Leyte, and San Ricardo and Liloan ports in Southern Leyte from June 14 to June 16. (SARWELL Q.MENIANO)