THE death toll from Typhoon Basyang (international name: Conson) has reached 65, with most of the reported casualties coming from the Calabarzon region, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.
The NDCC reported that around 8 a.m. Saturday, the team conducting the search and rescue (SAR) operations along the coastal areas of Baselin Island, Polilio Island in Quezon recovered one dead body that is yet to be identified.
The said body was transported to Saint Peter Funeral Homes at Atimonan, Quezon for proper identification.
Thirty eight of the deaths were recorded in Calabarzon region, 16 were from Central Luzon, and 11 in Bicol Region.
Injured persons from tree debris and fallen concrete walls are placed at 30 while 87 others remain missing, most of them fishermen.
The latest situation report of the NDCC stated that seven fishermen of Subic, Zambales were recovered alive in San Antonio, Zambales while another SAR team picked up three survivors in Butuanan Island, Siruma, Camarines Sur.
Continuous SAR and retrieval operations and monitoring are still being conducted especially in the areas mostly affected by Typhoon Basyang.
Among those missing are crew members of fishing boat Angelika Berna that sank in the vicinity near Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan and the crew and passengers of fishing vessels Godswill1, Godswill2, and Joan in Quezon.
Some fishermen in Camarines Norte are also yet to be found.
Meanwhile, 519 families are being housed in 16 evacuation centers. Earlier, 46,647 families were inside the 66 temporary shelters.
Destroyed houses in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Bicol Region are 3,266 while there are 24,504 damaged homes.
The estimated cost of damage to infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and schools has amounted to P188,072,600, according to the NDCC.
Of the affected provinces, Rizal incurred the biggest damage on high value commercial crops (HVCC).
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported an active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) estimated based on satellite and surface data at 150 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)