(Update) Seventeen people have been confirmed killed while eight others remain missing because of incidents caused by typhoon Mina (international name: Nanmadol) in Luzon, authorities said.

Mark Agdeppa, 3, drowned in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, on Monday while Andres Calaro, 82, who went missing after being swept away by floodwaters in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, was found dead, Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said in a phone interview.

Also confirmed dead are Gefonie Cael, 18, the third fatality in the “trashslide” in Baguio City, Rodolfo Gagucas, 17, who perished in a landslide in Itogon, Benguet, Romeo Ping-ilin and Rustom Paul Joaquin, both drowned in Cervantes and Quirino, Ilocos Sur, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Pablo Lazaro, a kagawad of Brgy. Sta Maria in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, also drowned after being swept away by floodwaters, Ramos told reporters in a text message 6 p.m.

Eight people remain missing, including Roberto Agaming, 62, and Dindo Candido, 28, who are both believed to have drowned in Abra.

Some 231,314 people were affected by the typhoon in 15 provinces of Ilocos region, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol, and Western Visayas, as well as Metro Manila, the NDRRMC said.

Of the number, 16,183 families or 61,267 people remain in evacuation centers or are taking shelter at the homes of relatives.

Damage reaches P1-B

Estimated amount of damages caused by typhoon Mina to agriculture and infrastructure have already reached P1.009 billion, but Ramos said the figure may still go up.

“Baka nga mag-2 billion pa ‘yan kasama ‘yung infrastructure, maraming nasirang kalsada at tulay. Wala pa rin ‘yung damage ng Cordillera sa agriculture,” Ramos said.

Cagayan Valley, which bore the brunt of the storm, has already reported more than P940 million worth of damages to agriculture but has yet to release information on damaged infrastructure.

Seven bridges in the region were rendered impassable at the height of the storm while more than 30 roads were closed in Ilocos region and Cordillera because of landslides.

Rescue and relief operations by authorities and non-government organizations are still ongoing in the affected areas. (John Roson)

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