Two people were killed while hundreds fled their homes as typhoon Lawin (international name: Jelawat) caused floods, landslides, and other incidents in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Central Visayas, authorities said.

Mark Anthony Mallari, 5, died when a tree fell down on his home in Brgy. Labuan, Zamboanga City, while he was sleeping around 2 a.m. Monday, Office of Civil Defense-9 director Adriano Fuego said.

In Bogo City, Cebu, Jessie Sam, 31, got killed after being struck by lightning while picking shells and other seafood along the shore of Brgy. San Vicente, on Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Authorities are still searching for 27-year-old Samsudin Moccadam, who went missing amid floods in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, around 5 a.m. Monday, the NDRRMC said.

In Zamboanga City, a cargo barge slammed into the shoreline of Brgy. Mariki early Monday, destroying at least 15 houses.

The barge Tanah Tawi-Tawi, docked at a mini-wharf in Brgy. Rio Hondo, drifted to Brgy. Mariki around 3 a.m. due to strong winds and waves, Zamboanga City Police director Senior Supt. James Mejia said.

“Fifteen houses made of light materials were totally damaged. Fortunately, no one was hurt,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mejia said floods and landslides caused by strong rains have already affected more than 1,000 families in the city and prompted hundreds of people to flee their homes.

Some 433 families in Brgys. Labuan, Patalon, San Jose Gusu, Baliwasan, and Sta Cruz Island – all in the city’s west coast – were affected while 580 families were affected in Brgys. Vitali, Tictapul, Mangusu, Boalan, Divisoria, Tugbungan, Lanzones in the east coast, he said.

At least 590 people in Brgys. Pasonanca, San Jose, Tupilac, and Tugbungan, are housed in different evacuation centers, according to the NDRRMC. (John Roson)

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