Ten people have been confirmed killed while six others remain missing as tropical storm “Juaning” (international name: Nock-Ten) lashed several areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila, on Tuesday, authorities said.
Seven died in different towns of Albay while two others were killed in Baras, Catanduanes, and another in Tinambac, Camarines Sur, Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, director of the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol, said in a mobile phone message.
Three of those who perished were siblings aged 9, 7, and 4 who were buried in a landslide in Polangui town, Senior Superintendent William Macavinta, Albay provincial police director said in a phone interview.
The six missing comprise three fishermen from Rapu-Rapu Island, Albay, two from Baras, Catanduanes, and another in Bato, Camarines Sur, according to Alejandro.
Many villages in Albay have been “isolated” from neighboring areas because of flashfloods that reached as high as six feet, especially those in low-lying areas near rivers, Macavinta said.
“Marami tayong lugar na apektado, dito sa Polangui, Libon, at Pio Duran, may mga areas na malalim kagaya po ng Malinao. Lahat ng daanan natin along Maharlika Highway dito sa Daraga, not passable sa lahat ng vehicles… so right now talaga pong na-isolate ang Albay,” the police official said.
Meanwhile, authorities rescued 30 people whose passenger boat capsized in waters between Iloilo City and Guimaras due to strong winds and big waves, Western Visayas regional police director Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol said. (John Roson)
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