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The number of deaths caused by typhoon “Ineng” (international name: Goni) rose further to 15 on Sunday as authorities retrieved more bodies from a landslide-hit part of Mankayan, Benguet, authorities said.

Armando Dayao, Felimon Adcapan, and Jasper Olivarez’s bodies were retrieved from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, after Crispin Ablao was retrieved Saturday afternoon, Benguet provincial police spokesperson Senior Inspector Joyce Ann Dayag said.

All four were among a group of people who went missing after a landslide hit Sitio Elizabeth, Brgy. Taneg, early Saturday.

A landslide washed out shanties used by pocket miners in that area around 3 a.m., Cordillera regional police spokesperson Superintendent Cherry Fajardo said.

After Ablao’s body was retrieved past 2 p.m., residents told police that they were still looking for 18 people.

Search and recue operations had to be halted around 5 p.m. Saturday because of rising water level at the nearby creek, poor visibility, and heavy rain, Fajardo said.

Operations resumed Sunday morning, with 95 policemen from different units deployed, Dayag said.

Dayao, Adcapan, and Olivarez’s bodies were eventually retrieved while Jonie Foster and Marpety Bayagen, who had been among those reported as missing, were found alive, she said.

“Both persons (Foster and Bayagen) were confirmed alive. Accordingly, they went home before the incident happened,” Dayag said.

Thirteen people are still missing in the area as of Sunday afternoon, data provided by the Benguet provincial police showed.

They are Ronaldo Angel, Paulita Angel, Ronald Paul Angel, Hohn Aluyan Jr., Jose Aluyan Jr., Efren Balicdan, Mark Balicdan, Nardo Mocnangan, Marvin Baturi, Harold Baturi, Rocky Mangrubang, Crisanto Ablao, and Ramil Reyes.

Andrew Alex Uy, Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera director, confirmed Ablao, Dayao, Adcapan’s deaths in a report emailed Sunday afternoon.

Olivarez’s death has yet to be included in the regional civil defense unit’s list.

Uy, meanwhile, confirmed a death in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

Julius Gumisa’s body was retrieved 11 a.m. Sunday in Brgy. Suyang, Tabuk, after he went missing in Brgy. Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province, the regional OCD chief said in his report.

Gumisa was the lone fatality of drowning in Cordillera, while the rest died in landslides, according to the report.

Landslides occurred as the mountainous region experienced 721.6-millimeter rainfall, or 78.43 percent of the monthly average 920mm, from August 20 to 23.

“The soil is already saturated,” Uy said.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said close to 33,000 persons in Cordillera, Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa fled their homes amid landslides, floods, and tornados at the height of “Ineng.”

Some 12,510 persons went to evacuation centers while 20,407 stayed at the home of relatives. Out of the total number of displaced persons, only 8,426 were evacuated ahead of the storm, the NDRRMC noted.

Incidents caused by “Ineng” also destroyed at least 958 houses in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Batanes, Benguet, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Laguna.

The typhoon has also caused at least P124.818 million worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera, according to the NDRRMC. (John Roson)

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Police in storm-wrecked Davao Oriental have asked the provincial government to impose a curfew in three towns amid reports of looting of stores and warehouses.

Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra, Davao Oriental Provincial Police director, said the Department of Agriculture has complained that looters stole rice from a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Cateel.

“Kaya nga nag-request kami ng curfew kay Governor (Corazon Malanyaon), mag-issue siya ng executive order para mas madali, marestore ‘yung order,” Mitra said in a phone interview Saturday.

Cateel, along with Boston and Baganga, were hit hard by typhoon “Pablo” on Tuesday and are still without electricity.

The ER Supermarket in Baganga was also reportedly looted, but local authorities have yet to release an investigation report on the incident, 2Lt. Zaida Vidad, spokeswoman of the Army’s 701st Brigade based in Mati City, said.

“Pagka madilim na, nandiyan na ‘yung problema, ‘yung mga looting… mas mabuti kung mas maaga meron nang curfew kasi totally blackout sa mga area na ‘yan,” Mitra said.

“Ni-recommend namin na kung pupuwede magkaroon ng curfew dito sa tatlong lugar para maiwasan ‘yung mga violation sa gabi, ‘yung mga criminal what-not.”

Mitra said he has asked the chief of police in Cateel to explain the incident at the NFA warehouse and directed the latter, as well as police in Boston and Baganga, to guard stores and warehouses.

The task comes as police and other security forces in Davao Oriental still have their hands full in distributing relief goods, clearing roads of debris, and searching for at least 27 people who remain missing.

Mitra said he asked for additional policemen to help get the jobs done.

Some 73 policemen from Davao del Norte, the Police Regional Office 11 in Davao City, the Police Regional Office 13 in neighboring Caraga region have already arrived and more are expected to come, Mitra said.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths caused by “Pablo” in Davao Oriental reached 227.

One-hundred and eighteen died in Baganga, 59 in Cateel, 27 in Boston, 17 in Caraga town, three in Mati City, two in Tarragona, and one in Manay, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Friday night.

A total of 559 people, mostly in Baganga, were injured while 27 remain missing in Caraga, Baganga, and Cateel, according to the PDRRMC. (John Roson)

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274 dead in ‘Pablo’ onslaught

Pablo making landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

Pablo making landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

(Updated 10 p.m.) Some 274 people were killed while 279 went missing as typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha) ravaged Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and nearby areas, authorities said Wednesday.

The huge death toll was made known only a day after “Pablo” struck, as electricity and communication lines were either shut down or cut off, preventing authorities from contacting “isolated” villages.

Four were killed in Central Visayas, two in Eastern Visayas, eight in Northern Mindanao, 253 in Southern Mindanao, the region of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, while seven were killed in Caraga, Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said by phone Wednesday night.

“Three-hundred and thirty-nine were injured and 279 are still missing,” Ramos said.

Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental are considered as the “hard-hit” areas, not only because of the high number of deaths but also because of heavy damage to properties and infrastructure, Ramos said in an earlier interview.

Earlier, Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division based in Compostela Valley, said at least 142 people were killed in the province.

Homes, Army detachment washed out

Pablo's devastation. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

Pablo’s devastation. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

Most of the fatalities were victims of a mudslide in New Bataan, and floods in Monkayo, Paniza said.

Three soldiers of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion – identified as identified as Ssgt. Olivares, Ssgt. Cabillion, and Ssgt. Catague – were among those killed in a mudslide in Brgy. Andap, New Bataan.

“‘Yung detachment or patrol base doon sa area, pati ‘yung mga kalapit na bahay, na-wash out,” he said.

Paniza said 58 people, including soldiers Sgt. Panague, Pfc. Armodia, Pfc. Batua, Sgt. Conejos, Pfc. Hingosa, Pfc. Hopeda, Pfc. Jegapo, and Pfc. Aranez, are still missing in Compostela Valley.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila said many of those who died in New Bataan remain unidentified.

Winds brought down evacuation center, moved Army trucks

Evacuees taking shelter behind the wall of an evacuation center whose roof was blown away by Pablo's strong winds. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

Evacuees taking shelter behind the wall of an evacuation center whose roof was blown away by Pablo’s strong winds. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

In its report Wednesday afternoon, the Davao Oriental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported 116 deaths in the province alone.

Fifty-nine were killed in Cateel, followed by 31 in Baganga, 15 in Boston, nine in Caraga town, and one each in Manay and Taragona.

Twenty-one people in different towns were still missing, according to the 5 p.m. PDRRMC report.

Lt. Zaida Vidad, acting spokesperson of the Army’s 701st Brigade based in Mati City, said the fatalities include 11 people who were killed when an evacuation center collapsed in Cateel due to strong winds.

“Malakas na hangin ang kanilang naramdaman… ang pagka-explain sa akin ng hepe ko doon, umaangat ‘yung Army trucks, gumagalaw sa lakas ng hangin, nadadala ng hangin,” Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra, Davao Oriental provincial police director, said in a separate phone interview Tuesday night.

Almost all buildings and houses in Brgy. Poblacion, Cateel, were left “roofless,” Mitra added.

More than 200 houses, various infrastructure, and communication towers were destroyed by strong winds, according to the PDRRMC.

Agricultural lands and livestock in Boston suffered severe damages, it added.

21 killed in other areas

Evacuees use a tent to shield themselves from rain beside the evacuation center whose roof was blown away. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

Evacuees use a tent to shield themselves from rain beside the evacuation center whose roof was blown away. (Photo courtesy of Army 701st Brigade)

The NDRRMC, meanwhile, said 21 other people were killed in storm-related incidents in Surigao del Sur (4), Misamis Oriental (4), Agusan del Sur (3), Misamis Occidental (2), Bukidnon (2), Negros Oriental (2), Cebu (1), Siquijor (1), Northern Samar (1), and Southern Leyte (1).

Most of these fatalities were hit by falling trees or victims of drowning, according to the NDRRMC.

Power still out in many areas

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, various parts of Cagayan de Oro City, Malaybalay City and Valencia City in Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Asudan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Lanao del Sur, and Mabinay in Negros Oriental were still experiencing power outages, the NDRRMC said.

Power and communications lines are also still down in the hard-hit areas of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, the council said.

As of 8 p.m., the center of “Pablo” was spotted 160 kilometers north-west of Roxas, Palawan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

The storm, moving west-northwest at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and a gustiness of up to 150 kph, according to the state weather bureau.

When it made landfall in Davao Oriental Tuesday morning, “Pablo” had maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and a gustiness of up to 210 kph.

“Pablo,” the strongest storm to hit the country this year, is expected to be 510 kilometers west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Thursday afternoon and 700 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Friday afternoon. (John Roson)

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‘Pablo’ kills 5; 20 missing

At least five people were killed while not less than 20 others were reported missing when typhoon “Pablo” slammed into Mindanao and the Visayas Tuesday, authorities said.

Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra, Davao Oriental Provincial Police director, identified two of the fatalities as Erlinda Balante, 64, of Manay, and Rossel Along, 22, of Caraga town.

Balante died when her house in Brgy. Poblacion collapsed due to strong winds, while Along was killed after he slipped from the stairs amid the storm’s onslaught, Mitra said in a phone interview.

Four people were reported missing in different areas while two people were injured in Caraga, he said.

One Jigger Gomonit, 30, was killed when he was hit by a tree while riding a motorcycle in Panaon, Misamis Oriental, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Benito Ramos told reporters in Manila.

Elberto Daniel died when he was also hit by a falling tree while riding a motorcycle in Lazi, Siquijor, Ramos said.

Army patrol base washed away; 20 missing

In Compostela Valley, one soldier ranked sergeant died when floowaters washed away their patrol base in Brgy. Andap, New Bataan, Capt. Severino David, commander of the Armed Forces Eastern Command’s disaster response task group, said.

The soldier’s commanding officer, ranked lieutenant, was injured and is reportedly unconscious at a local hospital, David said.

About 20 “civilians” living near the patrol base were also washed away and are now missing, he said.

“Pablo,” the strongest storm to hit the country this year, made landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, around 4:45 a.m.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 195 kph as it moved west-northwest at 20 kph.

Roofs ripped off, posts toppled

In Caraga town, the storm ripped off roofs and toppled electric posts and trees, leaving the main road impassable to vehicles.

“Ang sitwasyon ng kalsada unpassable pa hanggang sa ngayon, marami pong mga malalaking puno, puno ng niyog, at saka mga poste, kable ng kuryente ang nakaharang sa daan,” Mitra said, adding that clearing operations by the DPWH and police were underway.

Liza Mazo, director of the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Mindanao, said floods, landslides, and storm surges caused by the storm damaged a number of roads, bridges, in davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Among those that experienced landslides were Compostela Valley’s gold-rush area, Mt. Diwata, while storm surges hit Davao Oriental’s coastal towns of Banay-Banay, Manay, and Boston.

Strong winds and heavy rain also caused damages in Surigao del Sur while three people, including a mother and her child, were injured after a coconut tree fell on their home in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Blanche Gobenciong, OCD-Caraga director, said.

Power out

Around 10 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services administration tracked the center of the storm to 50 kilometers east of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

“It is starting to trip electric posts and trees in Bukidnon. Moderate heavy rains are also felt in Bukidnon,” Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said in a text message 10 a.m.

Malaybalay City experienced a power outage amid strong winds, he said.

“Almost all” barangays of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City also suffered power outages because strong winds cut electric lines, regional police spokesman Supt. Ronnie Cariaga said.

“Sa kabutihang palad naman po ay walang reported casualty so far at mas maganda ang situation kaysa last year,” Cariaga said, comparing the situation to when tropical storm “Sendong” killed more than 1,000 people last year.

Visayas prepares

In Western Visayas, local governments suspended classes at different levels in Capiz, Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and Guimaras, regional police director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.

The storm was already being felt in the Central Visayas provinces of Cebu and Negros Oriental as of Tuesday evening. (John Roson)

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Two people were killed while four others were reported missing when typhoon “Pablo” slammed into Mindanao Tuesday morning, police said.

Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra, Davao Oriental Provincial Police director, identified the fatalities as Erlinda Balante, 64, of Manay, and Rossel Along, 22, of Caraga town.

Balante died when her house in Brgy. Poblacion collapsed due to strong winds, while Along was killed after he slipped from the stairs amid the storm’s onslaught, Mitra said in a phone interview.

Four people were reported missing in different areas while two people were injured in Caraga, he said.

“Pablo,” the strongest storm to hit the country this year, made landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, around 4:45 a.m.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 195 kph as it moved west-northwest at 20 kph.

In Caraga town, the storm toppled electric posts and trees, leaving the main road impassable to vehicles.

“Ang sitwasyon ng kalsada unpassable pa hanggang sa ngayon, marami pong mga malalaking puno, puno ng niyog, at saka mga poste, kable ng kuryente ang nakaharang sa daan,” Mitra said, adding that clearing operations by the DPWH and police were underway.

Liza Mazo, director of the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Mindanao, said floods, landslides, and storm surges caused by the storm damaged a number of roads, bridges, in davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Among those that experienced landslides were Compostela Valley’s gold-rush area, Mt. Diwata, while storm surges hit Davao Oriental’s coastal towns of Banay-Banay, Manay, and Boston.

Around 10 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services administration tracked the center of the storm to 50 kilometers east of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

“It is starting to trip electric posts and trees in Bukidnon. Moderate heavy rains are also felt in Bukidnon,” Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said in a text message 10 a.m.

Malaybalay City experienced a power outage amid strong winds, he said.

In Western Visayas, local governments suspended classes at different levels in Capiz, Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and Guimaras, regional police director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said. (John Roson)

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has advised local governments to evacuate residents living beside bodies of water, especially rivers, in anticipation of typhoon “Bopha.”

“Ang partikular na preparasyon dito, ‘yung mga local responders ready na sila, ‘yung mga tao, na nandun sa paligid, sa gilid ng mga ilog, i-evacuate,” NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said in a phone interview Saturday.

Ramos made the call for local governments in the Visayas and Mindanao, which he said might feel the storm early next week.

“Ni-request ko na di lang ‘yung mga municipal gymnasium, kundi pati ‘yung mga eskuwelahan, simbahan, kasama na ‘yung mga sabungan, ‘wag muna magsabong (para matuluyan ng evacuees),” Ramos said.

Local disaster management councils in Regions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and Caraga have held conferences in preparation for the storm, he said.

The storm – to be called “Pablo” once it enters the country – was seen 1,690 kilometers east of Southern Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and a gustiness of up to 200 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the storm was seen moving west at a speed of 20 kph and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Monday via Eastern Mindanao.

Ramos said it was still “too early” to predict which provinces or cities could be hit, but noted that those in the east experience storms first.

“It’s too early to predict kung alin dito sa mga lugar na ito, dahil meron tayong low-pressure area sa taas ng Taiwan, so that controls the (storm’s) behavior,” he said.

In an advisory Friday night, the NDRRMC said its operations center in Camp Aguinaldo has been placed under “blue alert,” meaning 50 percent of personnel must be at their posts any time.

Ramos said this was to give personnel a “breather” after being on alert for already a month for South Korea’s rocket launch.

The Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a separate advisory, said it has placed all its members and supporting agencies on “red alert” starting Saturday.

The council held a meeting Saturday to discuss preparations for the storm.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, chair of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council, said in a memorandum that all activities related to the province’s Karangahan Festival will be put “on hold” starting Tuesday in anticipation of the storm.

Evacuation of people will also start that day, he said. (John Roson)

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Four members of a family were killed while two others were injured when mud brought down by heavy rains buried their home in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur, on Saturday.

Killed were Miguel Mandao Sr., 46, and his children Miguel Jr., 13, Mario, 8, Belman, 4, Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said.

Injured were Mandao’s wife Soledad, 46, and another son, Jomar, 11.

Monsoon rains pounding on the mountains, which are already saturated by typhoon Gener, caused mud to fall down at the Mandaos’ home in Brgy. Cabaluran 4:30 p.m., Ramos said.

“Nakakalungkot ito dahil apat na naman ang namatay. Nawala na si ‘Gener’ pero patuloy pa rin ang pag-uulan. ‘Yung ating babala sa ating kababayan, maski kaunti-kaunti lang ang pag-uulan dahil sa habagat ay saturated na ang lupa, kailangang mag-ingat dun sa landslide-prone areas at flood-prone areas,” he said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council included the Mandao family in Gener’s list of fatalities and injured persons.

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, authorities recovered the body of 46-year-old Venice Sinopen, who was previously reported missing in Sigay, Ilocos Sur, bringing the number of deaths caused by “Gener” and the southwest monsoon to 46, Ramos said.

The typhoon and continuing effects of the southwest monsoon have already affected 190,196 families or 858,534 people in the Ilocos region, cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, and Southern Mindanao.

Some 236,960 persons, mostly in Cavite (150,919), Bataan (21,169), Laguna (14,151), Rizal (7,987), Cebu (5,408), Abra (5,138), Lanao del Norte (4,930), Metro Manila (4,892), Occidental Mindoro (3,905), Batangas (2,621), Iloilo (2,704), and Bulacan (2,249), remain in evacuation centers or are still taking shelter at the homes of relatives and friends, according to the NDRRMC.

The typhoon and continuous rains have already caused an estimated P339.806 million worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture to all the affected areas, the disaster agency said. (John Roson)

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President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the country’s two ships near Panatag Shoal (international name: Scarborough Shoal) to return home because of bad weather.

Aquino ordered the Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources vessels to “return to port” Friday night due to “increasing bad weather,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.

The President’s order came as typhoon “Butchoy” (international name: Guchol) came closer to the country via the Pacific Ocean.

The storm was seen continuously moving towards the country’s northwest Saturday, packing maximum 120 kph winds near the center and a gustiness of up to 150 kph.

“When weather improves, a reevaluation will be made,” Del Rosario said.

Sought for comment on the ships’ pullout, the Department of National Defense said it sees the move as only “normal.”

“It’s a common practice for ships to seek safer areas during inclement weather. Siyempre ang iniisip ni Presidente diyan ay ‘yung safety ng ating mga personnel,” DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said.

The military, on the other hand, said it will just continue to monitor developments in Panatag through the Coast Guard.

“That’s the mandate, order ng President ‘yan eh, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is just following,” AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said.

“We will be closely in touch with the Philippine Coast Guard… we will maintain coordination with the Coast Guard and other agencies as far as the security of the area is concerned,” he said.

The Coast Guard and BFAR ships had been in a “standoff” with several Chinese law enforcement vessels in Panatag since April, after the Navy tried to arrest Chinese fishermen who were seen carrying live sharks, corals, and giant clams poached from Philippine waters on their boats.

The Navy warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar was the first to engage the Chinese in the standoff, but was eventually pulled out in what government officials said was a move to let civilian agencies deal with Chinese civilian agencies. (John Roson)

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Ten people, mostly school teachers, were rescued Friday night after large waves brought by tropical storm “Butchoy” (international name: Guchol) caused their boat to capsize in waters near Catbalogan City, Samar, police said.

Superintendent Avelino Doncillo, Catbalogan City Police chief, said all eight teachers and two crewmen onboard the pump boat were rescued by Coast Guard personnel and brought back to land around 10 p.m.

The pump boat left Brgy. Birawan, Daram, around 5 p.m. and capsized while en route to Catbalogan City, according to an earlier report reaching the National Police headquarters in Manila.

Around the same time, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration placed adjacent Eastern Samar under storm warning Signal No. 1 and reiterated a call for small seacraft not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao due to big waves.

The police report said three passengers, identified as elementary school teachers Irene Luceriano, Grace Penida, and Maria Luz Teves, went missing when the boat capsized.

Reached by phone for confirmation, Doncillo said the boat’s passengers have all been “all accounted for” later in the evening and were taken by police to the Samar Provincial Hospital for medical checks.

“Ang sabi nung isang teacher, nung umalis sila hindi pa masyado maalon, parang inabutan sila ng malalaking alon diyan sa gitna ng laot dahil na rin dito sa bagyo,” he said.

The teachers, all residents of Catbalogan City, usually rent the boat as a group to go home after their classes in Daram every Friday afternoon, Doncillo said. (John Roson)

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Typhoon leaves 17 dead, 8 missing

(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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