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2 dead, 14 missing; 850,000 affected in Typhoon Quinta aftermath




Typhoon Quinta left two persons dead, 14 missing and more than 850,000 affected when it battered Luzon, authorities said.

Although the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) said it has yet to receive reports of any casualty caused by Quinta two fatalities were reported by local authorities.

National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said that one of the fatalities was reported in Cagayan Valley.

Another casualty was identified as Angelito Buenaventura, 53, who drowned when the tricycle he was riding along with two others was swept by floodwaters at a spillway in San Antonio, Quezon. Buenaventura’s companions survived.

The incident occurred Saturday night or hours before Typhoon Quinta made landfall, but PAGASA said the storm’s trough was already causing light to moderate rains in Quezon at the time.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol said 12 fishermen are missing from Bato, Panganiban, and Gigmoto towns of Catanduanes because of the typhoon.

Police, in a separate report, said that one Joselito Ouapeuprecua is also missing after the fishing boat that he was riding along with six others capsized after getting battered by strong waves.

His six companions, all from Tabaco City, Albay, were found alive at the shore of Virac, Catanduanes, around 7:20 a.m. Monday, Bicol police spokesperson Maj. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib said.

The Coast Guard, meanwhile, said it recorded one person missing in at least 10 maritime incidents in Batangas amid rough seas caused by Typhoon Quinta.

Search and rescue operations are underway for Rodolfo Sarabia, a crew member of M/V Oceanic Explorer 3 that sank 0.5 nautical miles off Bauan around 7:00 a.m. Monday, the PCG said.

The yacht’s seven other crew members were rescued after the incident.

According to the PCG, other maritime incidents in Batangas include the grounding of M/V RoRo-12 at Bonito Island in Tingloy, the grounding of MTUG Sedar 5, and the grounding of passenger vessels Super Cat M/V St. Nuriel and Starlite Ferries’ M/V Anapolis off Mabini.

Collated reports from regional units of the OCD showed that Typhoon Quinta affected more than 850,000 people in Bicol, Calabarzon, and MIMAROPA.

The reports also showed that over 118,000 people were evacuated because of threats posed by floods, landslides, and storm surges.

Toppled trees, falling debris, power interruptions, and damage to crops were also seen in many parts of the three regions.

According to the OCD-Bicol, the typhoon affected 843,508 persons in 608 barangays of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Naga City.

Of that number, 63,532 stayed in evacuation centers while 42,818 took shelter at the home of friends or relatives, it said.

Some 9,352 people also evacuated in Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal, while at least 3,397 evacuees were recorded in Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Romblon.

Knee-deep floods were experienced in some parts of Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna, while a 12-foot flood was recorded in Lobo, Batangas, according to OCD-Calabarzon.

As of 4:00 p.m., the center of Typhoon Quinta was located 310 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, according to PAGASA.

It is still bearing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 160kph while continuously moving away from the country at a speed of 25kph.

Storm warning signal no. 1 remains in effect over Batangas, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, the Calamian Islands, and Caluya, Antique.