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12 reported dead due to Quinta; over P500M damage recorded

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Twelve people have been reported dead, at least 11 remain missing, and over 6,000 houses were damaged because of typhoon “Quinta.”

Over half a billion pesos’ worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure was also recorded as reports started to trickle in, while the typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning.

Reports from regional Office of Civil Defense units, local disaster management units, and police indicated two fatalities in Magsaysay, Oriental Mindoro, another in Puerto Galera of the same province, one in Mogpog, Marinduque, one each in Siaton and Bindoy of Negros Oriental, one in San Pablo City, Laguna, and two in Palawan.

One Gemilyn Morales, 24, and 8-month-old Argen Ignacio drowned in Brgy. Paclolo, Magsaysay, while Leonita Talamisan, 60, got killed by a fallen tree, according to a report from OCD-MIMAROPA.

In San Pablo City, one Mary Grace Añonuevo, 24, also died and her companion was injured on the leg when a coconut tree fell on their house in Brgy. Concepcion, police said.

The fatalities in Marinduque and Negros Oriental all drowned, NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal told reporters.

Authorities earlier reported fatalities in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan; and San Antonio and Mauban towns of Quezon.

Eleven persons are still missing in Calabanga, Camarines Sur; Panganiban and Gigmoto of Catanduanes; Odiongan, Romblon; Iloilo; and a yacht that sank off Bauan, Batangas.

The typhoon affected some 903,811 people in Bicol, Calabarzon, and MIMAROPA, of whom more than 100,000 had to evacuate, reports from regional OCD units showed.

It also caused at least 12 maritime incidents off Batangas. Three vessels sank and eight ran aground.

One of these incidents involved M/V Roromaster 3 which crashed into a group of houses along the shore of Brgy. Maricaban in Tingloy on Monday morning. Eight families were affected, but no casualties were reported, police said.

Preliminary reports showed that some P567,929,618 worth of damage was dealt with rice, high-value crops, coconut, fisheries, and infrastructure in the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon, according to regional OCD units.

Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor, in an interview over DZMM, said agricultural damage has reached P600 million in his province alone, as the typhoon affected around 8,500 hectares of farmland.

Rains brought by Quinta are also being blamed for low dissolved oxygen and ammonia that caused the deaths of some 20 metric tons of fish in Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, the OCD-Bicol reported that 6,428 houses were damaged and 243 more were destroyed at the height of the typhoon.

Some 617 were also destroyed and 360 were damaged in Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro, according to OCD-MIMAROPA.

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