The Tropical Depression Sanda (locally known as Basyang) was the second tropical cyclone that hit the Philippines this year. Sanda may just be a tropical depression, but it still affected certain areas.
Tropical Depression Sanda in Negros Oriental
The Tropical Depression Sanda made its way through the Philippines targeting the Visayas, Palawan and the northern parts of the Mindanao region. According to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), Sanda maintained its strength and coursed even as it made landfalls in Dumaguete City in Negros oriental. The municipality of Santa Catalina, found in the southern part of Negros Oriental, experienced Sanda with winds at 45 kilometers per hour and gust of 60 kilometers per hour.
Various small bridges all over Negros were overflowing, and some were blocked. In Dumaguete City, the rivers of Banica overflowed the Taclobo-Bagacay bridge yesterday morning (February 14). The flood slowly decreased and by the afternoon, it was back to normal.
Suspension of Classes and Offices due to Tropical Depression
Tropical Depression Sanda reached its peak of strength on the 13th of February. Classes and government offices were suspended to ensure the safety. Basyang (Philippine’s name for Sanda) weakened after it made its landfall in Cortes town, Surigao del Sur at 9 am of February 13.
Surigao del Sur Hit by Sunda
The most affected part of the Tropical Depression Sunda was in Surigao del Sur, with five casualties and three injured and a couple of people missing. A landslide hit the villages of Babuyan and Gamuton four hours before Sunda made landfall in Cortes town at 9 am.
Typhoon Cyclone Names for 2018
Basyang (international name ‘Sunda’) was the second to hit the Philippines this year. Check out the different names listed for the Typhoon Cyclone Names for 2018 by PAGASA.