Authorities on Tuesday reported that four persons drowned, 13 were missing and three were injured at the height of Typhoon “Quinta” (international name: “Molave”).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) had boasted of “zero casualty” on Monday, when the typhoon battered several parts of the country, especially Southern Luzon.

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A fallen electric post blocks a road after tropical storm Molave hit the town of Pola, Oriental Mindoro province on October 26, 2020. / AFP / Erik DE CASTRO

NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal said two of the three fatalities were from Negros Oriental and the other one was from Marinduque.

In Mindoro Oriental, Gov. Humerlito Dolor said in an interview over TeleRadyo that a 60-year-old woman from Puerto Galera was Quinta’s lone fatality in the province.

Also on Monday, 12 fishermen were reported missing in Catanduanes, one of the provinces heavily affected by the typhoon.

Timbal also on Tuesday said four of the fishermen were already found.

The eight other fishermen were among the 13 reported missing by the NDRRMC, along with a crew of a yacht that sunk in Bauan (Batangas), a person who was swept away by strong river currents in Odiongan (Romblon), a fisherman from Calabanga (Camarines Sur), another fisherman in Iloilo and a person also swept away by strong river currents in Negros Oriental.

Dolor, meanwhile, said a couple aboard a tricycle got injured in Oriental Mindoro when the tricycle crashed into a fallen tree.

Quinta displaced 914,709 families or 237,948 persons across the country, according to Timbal.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure are yet to be determined, the NDRRMC said.

Batangas City in Batangas province was placed under state of calamity over damage caused by the typhoon.

In an executive order signed by Batangas City Mayor Beverly Rose Dimacuha, the state of calamity declaration “will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts” of the city.

In Cagayan, the provincial agriculture office has confirmed P50 million worth of crops and livestock was damaged by floods in at least six municipalities.

Danilo Benitez, provincial agriculturist, said hardly hit agriculture areas were Pamplona, Santa Praxedes, Sanchez Mira, Claveria, Allacapan and Abulug.

Benitez added that at least 2,000 hectares of rice, corn and fisheries have been affected by severe floods since Thursday.

Quinta “rendered 21 national road sections impassable, affecting the flow of goods and services across seven regions around the country,” according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar also on Tuesday said road cuts, landslides, mudflows, a collapsed bridge, sunken pavements, fallen trees and electrical posts and floods caused a standstill in transportation services in some cities and municipalities in the affected regions.

Citing a report from the department’s Bureau of Maintenance, the secretary added that of the 21 road sections, seven roads are closed in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), five in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), two in Region 3 (Central Luzon), one in Region 4A (Calabarzon), one in Region 4B (Mimaropaa), four in Region 5 and one in Region 10.

Many roads were impassable in CAR; Regions 2, 3, 4A and 5; and Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon-Agusan Road in Mindanao.

WITH REPORTS FROM LEANDER C. DOMINGO, WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL AND IRE JOE V.C. LAURENTE

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