At least eight fishermen are missing in waters off Eastern Visayas and Bicol due to tropical storm Juaning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In a report posted on its website, the NDRRMC identified the eight as Pepito Gapol, Jade Gapol, Isagani Gapol, Coloy Gayda, Antonio Gamalo, and Flor Gamalo, all of Lawaan, Eastern Samar; Romeo Robles and Romeo Balamban, both from Baras, Catanduanes.

Three other fishermen from Rapu-Rapu Island, Albay, including one Salvador Dunganan Jr., were also reported missing but the NDRRMC is still validating this information.

Search and rescue operations have been launched for the missing fishermen.

Meanwhile, Rafaelito Alejandro, head of the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol, said evacuations were ongoing in Camarines Sur and Albay due to floods.

“Ongoing ‘yung operation kasi ang daming lugar na baha… may mga areas na mataas ‘yung tubig,” Alejandro said, adding that among the areas experiencing floods are Legazpi City and seven towns of Camarines Sur.

At least 50 passengers have also been stranded at the Matnog, Pilar, and Pio Duran ports of Albay since 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NDRRMC.

As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, “Juaning” was spotted some 130 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, with sustained winds of 55kph and was forecast to move west-northwest at 17kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. (John Roson)

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