Two dead, over 18,000 families evacuated due to Typhoon Bising

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — Over 18,000 families had to seek temporary shelters in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions due to Typhoon Bising, the country's disaster management agency said.

In a situational report released on Monday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 18,467 families or 68,490 individuals were evacuated in Regions 5 and 8.

A total of 22 barangays were also reportedly flooded in Eastern Samar.

Due to threats brought by moderate to intense rains, sea and air travel are also affected.

Data from the NDRRMC showed that as of 8 a.m., a total of 17 sea trips were canceled in Central Visayas.

More than 2,000 passengers, 896 rolling cargoes, and 61 vessels were stranded in ports of Regions 5, 7, and 8.

Flights in Tacloban Airpot were also canceled on Sunday.

The municipality of Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte, meanwhile, logged one death as Typhoon Bising batters Eastern Visayas.

The local office of Saint Bernard reported that a male resident died after he was hit by a falling coconut tree on Sunday.

He was rushed to the Anahawan District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. There were no additional details provided.

Meanwhile, local government units in Eastern Visayas also suspended classes and work in all government offices on Monday due to Typhoon Bising.

They include those in Samar, Eastern Samar, Tacloban City, Naval town in Biliran province, and Leyte town in Leyte province.

Northern Samar province also issued an executive order for the localized suspension of classes and work in government offices.

Local governments in Northern Samar that declared work and class suspension include those in the island municipality of Biri, the capital town of Catarman, and towns of Palapag, Mapanas, Lapinig, Laoang, Allen, Rosario.

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old woman in Catmon, Cebu died due to the effects of the storm. According to the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the woman was sleeping inside her home in Barangay Panalipan when a coconut tree fell on the house on Sunday.

Rhee Telen, spokesperson of the of the CPDRRMO, said there were no storm alerts in Catmon but winds were strong on Sunday.

READ: Typhoon Bising keeps its strength as it batters Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said 'Bising' (international name: Surigae) was last seen 235 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes carrying maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.

It is moving northwestward at a slow pace, but the state weather bureau said it may gradually weaken.

'Bising' will keep traversing this track until Wednesday or Thursday morning, then the typhoon will move east northeastward by Friday away from the landmass of Luzon, PAGASA added.

Stringers Wil Mark Amazona and Dale Israel contributed to this report.