The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday said it is now verifying reports that three persons were killed, 13 went missing and one was injured during the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country.
“We received new updates this morning and (we have) three dead, 13 missing and one injured for verification,” NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said in an update.
All of these victims died of drowning, he added.
Timbal said the deaths being verified by the NDRRMC include a 60-year-old woman in Siaton town, Negros Oriental; a man of undetermined age in Bindoy town, also in Negros Oriental, and another unidentified man in Mogpog town, Marinduque.
Meanwhile, the injured person, also from Mogpog, was hurt after being hit by broken glass.
The 13 missing persons include one crew member of a yacht that sank off Bauan, Batangas; eight fishermen in Catanduanes; a fisherman in Calabanga, Camarines Sur; one person who was swept by a strong current while crossing a river in Odiongan, Romblon; a fisherman in Iloilo and another person in Negros Oriental who was also swept by a strong current while attempting to cross a river.
Also, he added that the eight fishermen missing in Catanduanes were part of the 12 earlier reported missing from Barangay Pananogan, Bato town; Barangay Cagdarao, Panganiban town, and Barangay Poblacion District III, Gigmoto town.
Timbal said four out of the 12 missing fisherfolk were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard.
However, he added that they are still validating reports that another fisherman who is among those missing was earlier rescued.
Timbal added that the total population affected by the typhoon has now reached 237,948 families or equivalent to 914,709 families residing in the National Capital Region (NCR), Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
He added that the total evacuated families have reached 22,029 which is equivalent to 77,793 persons staying in 843 evacuation centers in the NCR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and CAR.
The NDRRMC has yet to determine the estimated cost of agricultural and infrastructure damage from the typhoon.
“All figures may change in a short while due to the updating of our counterparts in the RDRRMCs (Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils),” Timbal said. (PNA)