5 dead, 3 missing due to 'Santi'-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
MANILA (3rd update, 2:06 p.m.) --The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday that bad weather conditions due to Typhoon Santi (international name Nari) already claimed the lives of at least five people.
NDRRMC spokesperson Maj. Reynaldo Balido cited initial information indicating the fatalities were from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.
"Initially we received reports of two fatalities from Pampanga and three from Nueva Ecija," he said at a briefing, parts of which were aired on dzBB radio.
Balido said the first fatality from Candaba, Pampanga died from electrocution while the second was a police personnel who was buried in a mudslide in Magalang town.
The third fatality was crushed by a fallen tree inJaen in Nueva Ecija.
Balido cited a separate report indicating a 70-year-old and a seven-year-old died in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija after being crushed by a fallen tree.
Meanwhile, three fishermen were reported missing due to Typhoon Santi while about P137.053 million in damage to property was recorded due to the heavy rain and floods from the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
In its Saturday update, the NDRRMC said this included P71,995,000 in infrastructure and P65,058,167.90 in agriculture in Negros Occidental and Zamboanga City alone.
Three fishermen from Viga, Catanduanes remain missing after they went fishing on October 8. However, search and rescue operations cannot be conducted due to the weather, NDRRMC said.
Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental declared a state of calamity due to the rain and floods.
The NDRRMC also said the death toll from the heavy rain and floods caused by ITCZ remained at 20, with two still missing.
It added that as of Saturday, the rain and floods had affected 54,554 families or 258,706 people in 217 villages in 23 towns and 11 cities in 14 provinces.
Of these, 6,325 families or 28,748 people are staying in 46 evacuation centers due to the ITCZ while Typhoon Santi also placed at least 551 families or more than 2,000 individuals in evacuation centers in Northern and Central Luzon.
Typhoon Santi, which has weakened after crossing Central Luzon, stranded a total of 2,000 passengers in different ports, NDRRMC reported.
In its report, NDRRMC indicated that 24 vessels, 277 cargoes and 19 motorbancas remain stranded in ports of Manila, Southern Luzon and Bicol region.
Nueva Ecija provincial government said that power was cut in the entire province for Saturday. Governor Aurelio Umali told DzMM radio that fallen trees and electric pylons blocked all the major roads in the province. He said the initial estimate was that 15,000 hectares (37,050 acres) of rice may have been damaged or destroyed.
Other power outage include the towns of Aglipay in Quirino, several towns in Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela, and Dingalan in Aurora.
More than 2,500 people were evacuated from several coastal villages of Aurora before the typhoon made landfall, said provincial disaster officer Amado Elson Egargue. Authorities shut off electricity for the entire province before the storm, and power restoration will depend upon the extent of the damage, he said.
Bulacan provincial Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said more than 20 villages in two towns remained flooded Saturday, with some areas under about 2 meters (6 feet) of water. He said about 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of rice and vegetable farms were damaged. (JK/SFP/AP/Sunnex)