Time & location
Level of gravity (max of H or M - 6 levels) : 2
Date: 2013-01-04 & 05
Country: Philippines, Vietnam
State/Province (see map): Palawan
Precise location : -
Number of dead : 2
Number of missing : 0
Number of injured : 0
Number of evacuees : 500
Tropical storm Sonamu (local name " Auring") left one person dead and about a hundred families still in evacuation center in western and southern Philippines, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.
The casualty was identified as Pedro Francisco, a 35-year-old man at Iraan village, Rizal town of western Philippine province of Palawan, the agency said. Francisco died after he was hit by an uprooted coconut tree, it added.
Meanwhile, about a hundred families or some 500 people were evacuated in a basketball court in Quezon town, southern Philippine province of Bukidnon Friday afternoon as flash flood occurred in the area due to continuous rains brought by the storm.
According to the agency, power interruptions were also being experienced in Puerto Princesa City, Aborlan, Brookes Point and Quezon, all in Western Philippine island of Palawan.
The weather forecasting agency of the Philippines said that the tropical storm had left the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Waves immerged a fishing vessel of the central province of Binh Thuan, killing one man. Many other ships were also damaged by the first storm of 2013 in the East Sea – the Sonamu.
According to the Steering Board for Flood and Storm Control, under the impacts of storm Sonamu, a fishing boat in Binh Thuan was sunk offshore Vung Tau city in the morning of January 4. Of the seven fishermen on board, one died.
Two other fishing vessels of Binh Dinh and Quang Nam provinces had a breakdown and were dragged to the shore. Two coal tankers had their axle broken and were pulled to Tien Sa Port of Da Nang city.
Meanwhile, Sonamu is moving further away and is no longer able to directly affect the waters of Vietnam. This morning, January 7, the storm was about 300 miles southeast of Con Dao island.
Today the storm is moving to the southwestern direction with a speed of 5-10km per hour. It is forecasted that in the morning of January 8, the storm will be 350 km away from Con Dao Island. It will move towards Malaysian waters and wane then.
Sonamu is the first storm of the year in the East Sea. A few days ago, typhoon Wukong entered this region, as the last or the tenth typhoon in the East Sea in 2012.
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