(UPDATE) A woman was killed while another is missing as Typhoon “Lawin” continues to intensify at sea near Catanduanes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Monday.
The NDRRMC said 31-year old Jessie Ehem Sam died after being struck by a lightning when she was picking shells and other seafood varieties in Bogo City, Cebu.
In a 2:30 pm update, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said Sam was even rushed to Severo Verallo Memorial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Ramos added that a certain 27-year old Samsudin Moccadam was left missing in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte since Monday.
The NDRRMC noted that the typhoon, which intensified the raining activities of the Southwest monsoon, also cancelled at least 10 flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 and 4 on Monday.
It said identified that flights 2P 091, 2P 092, 2P 029, 2P 030, 2P 021, 2P 022, 5J 625, and 5J 626 from Manila to Calbayog, Catarman, Masbate, Dumaguete and vice versa were cancelled in NAIA 3 due to bad weather.
It added that flights Z2 260 and Z2 261 were likewise cancelled.
This as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical, Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon “Lawin” continues to gather strength at sea, although public storm warning signals have been lifted as of Monday afternoon.
In its 5:00 pm update, PAGASA spotted the typhoon at about 405 kms east of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and a gustiness of up 220 kph.
Moving north northwest at 7 kph, the state weather bureau expected “Lawin: to be at 640 kms east of Infanta, Quezon by Tuesday morning and 530 kms east of Tuguegarao City by Wednesday morning.
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