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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Typhoon-struck Masbateños get back to normal life

MASBATE CITY, Dec. 16 (PIA)—Masbate is getting back to normal with commercial and government establishments resuming operations.

In fact, as early as yesterday—just hours after the province was pummeled by typhoon “Nona”—gasoline stations, money transfer shops and shopping malls in Masbate City reopened using their own power generators.

Power has been restored in most parts of Masbate mainland as of 6 p.m. yesterday and only a few areas in the island and most of Burias and Ticao Islands remained without electricity.

Classes in elementary and high schools and colleges have also resumed this morning. Classrooms that served as sanctuaries for thousands who sought shelter there during the onslaught of the typhoon have been vacated and readied for todays resumption of classes.

Smart Communications has restored its internet services but as of this morning, it has yet to bring back its SMS and call services.

Globe Telecom’s subscribers in Masbate are adjusting to the effects of being disconnected from their distant contacts as the company's internet, SMS and call services remained down.

PAL made its flight to Masbate City this morning after it was canceled yesterday.

Trips of ships and boats bound for Sorsogon, Albay and Ticao Island were allowed to resume at noon yesterday after Coast Guard detachments reported improved sea conditions.

Boats were still prevented from sailing to Burias Island yesterday afternoon but the ban was finally lifted this morning.

In an update posted in Facebook late yesterday, Vice Governor Jo Kristine Revil said partial reports she received from municipalities indicated zero fatality from the typhoon.

Initial reports also showed that there was minimal damage to infrastructure in Masbate mainland. (EAD/PIA5 Masbate)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/821450232063/typhoon-struck-masbate-os-get-back-to-normal-life-#sthash.XC77qJXQ.dpuf

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