Typhoon “Quinta” (international name: Molave) left at least nine people dead and P429 million in agricultural and infrastructure damage.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday that the toll is expected to rise with the continuing validation of field reports.

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A resident walks past uprooted banana trees washed up on a river bank after Typhoon Molave hit the town of Pola, Oriental Mindoro province, on October 26, 2020. (Photo by Erik DE CASTRO / AFP)

In a situation report as of noontime, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said seven of the fatalities were from Mimaropa (Region 4B) which covers the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Palawan while the other two were from Central Visayas (Region 7).

Most of them died from drowning, including a mother and her baby in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro; while others were pinned to death by fallen trees.

There were also six persons who were injured while two others went missing in Calabarzon (Region 4A), Mimaropa, Western Visayas (Region 6), and Central Visayas, he added.

A separate report from the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol (OCD-5) said at least five persons died in the region at the height of the typhoon due to drowning and electrocution.

Three of the fatalities were from Gigmoto, Catanduanes; one from Daet, Camarines Norte; and one from Bacacay, Albay, the OCD-5 reported.

The NDRRMC has yet to identify the fatalities as writing.

The OCD-5 added that six fishermen also went missing in the region after they were believed to be caught in bad weather while on the sea.

Three of them were from Panganiban town and two were from Gigmoto town, both in Catanduanes; while one came from Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Infra-agri damages

Meanwhile, Jalad said a total of P429,726,344 in agricultural and infrastructure damages were reported in five regions namely Calabarzon (P369,287,759); Bicol Region (P29,696,973); Western Visayas (P17,846,924); Central Luzon or Region 3 (P8 million); and Ilocos or Region 1 (P4,894,688).

Calabarzon incurred the highest damage in the agriculture sector after P241.7 million worth of its high-value crops were destroyed in Quezon and Rizal provinces.

Some P150 milllion worth of rice fields were also damaged in Quezon, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Albay, Masbate, Antique, Aklan, and Ilocos Norte.

Some P3.3 million of corn fields in Quezon and Albay; P1.73 million of fisheries in Masbate; and P867,730 of livestock were also destroyed in the entire Bicol Region.

Further, authorities noted that a total of P28-million infrastructure losses were listed after Quinta destroyed the Tabangao-Lobo Road in Batangas (P20 million) and a flood control project (P8 million) in Barangay San Isidro, San Luis, Aurora province.

Nearly one million people were affected by Quinta, which was deemed as the most destructive among the four typhoons that hit the country this month.

Jalad, on the other hand, advised the public to continuously be vigilant and prepared after a new low pressure area (LPA) was monitored at 2,115 kilometers east of Southern Luzon and steadily approaching the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Once the LPA enters the PAR, it will be named “Rolly,” the 18th tropical cyclone this year and fifth in October alone. It is seen to tread the path taken by Quinta in Bicol Region or in Visayas.

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