'Vinta' leaves 3 dead, 2 missing-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Three people drowned while two others remain missing after Typhoon Vinta (international name: Krosa) ravaged several parts of northern Luzon on Thursday, the country's disaster risk reduction council reported.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that three people died from drowning after they were swept by strong current brought by Vinta, the twenty-second cyclone that entered the country this year.
The victims were identified as Wilson Lizardo, 52, of Sta. Marcela town, Apayao province; Jose Manuel, 72, of Barangay Cabatacan West, Lasam town in Cagayan; and Manny Balucas, 41, of Baybayatin, Lagayan town in Abra.
Two people also remain missing since the typhoon left the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday. The NDRRMC identified them as Loridel Baldos, 30, of Barangay Quidaoen, San Juan in Abra province and Jerry Gatan, 25, of Barangay Casibarag Norte, Cabagan town in Isabela.
Commander Armando Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said search and rescue efforts were underway for Baldos and Gatan.
On Saturday evening, sixteen people and two motorized bancas were also stranded in the towns Claveria and San Vicente.
In its 6 a.m. Sunday report, the NDRRMC said that a total of 42, 703 families or 212, 927 persons from the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera were affected. 26, 361 houses were also damaged in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Apayao.
Damage to infrastructure is pegged at P1.34 million while agriculture damage in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions has reached P22.96 million.
Meanwhile, all the roads and bridges in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera are already passable as of this posting, the Public Works and Highways department said. (Sunnex)