Three persons were confirmed dead, 13 remained missing, while more than 919,000 others were affected as Tropical Storm “Quinta” dealt heavy damage and casualties despite adequate preparations before it left the country on Tuesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal said among the fatalities were a 60-year-old woman and a man of an undetermined age, respectively from Siaton and Bindoy towns in Negros Oriental, who both drowned at the height of “Quinta.”
The body of another man who drowned in Mogpog, Marinduque was also found on Monday.
Meanwhile, search and rescue (SAR) teams have yet to find eight of the 12 fishermen who were earlier reported missing in Catanduanes. Four of the fishermen were already found, Timbal said.
Timbal also confirmed that two fishermen also went missing in Calabanga, Camarines Sur and Iloilo, while a crew of the sunken yacht MV Oceanic Explorer 3 remained unaccounted for as of this writing.
Two unindentified persons were also missing in Odiongan, Romblon, and Negros Oriental.
“(They were) swept by strong river current while attempting to cross,” Timbal said.
Another unidentified person was injured in Mogpog, Marinduque after sustaining cuts from the shards of a broken glass which was blown by strong winds.
Timbal said they have yet to verify two reported deaths in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) and Mauban, Quezon (Region 4A), and a couple who reportedly got hurt after being hit by a fallen tree in Baco, Oriental Mindoro.
A total of 919,709 individuals or 237,948 families were deemed affected by Quinta in Metro Manila, Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), Mimaropa (Region 4B), Bicol (Region 5), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Of these, 77,793 individuals or 22,029 families were temporarily housed in 843 evacuation centers in the affected regions, Timbal said.
At least seven areas remained flooded in Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and CAR, forcing the evacuation of 50 families. These are located in Balatan, Camarines Sur; Hinobaan and Talisay City in Negros Occidental; and Calanasan, Apayao.
Twenty-two road sections in Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and CAR were also affected by flooding, road slip, landslide, and soil erosion — eight of which were rendered not passable to motorists.
Due to the cancellation of sea and air travels, a total of 1,960 passengers, 561 rolling cargoes, 24 vessels, a motor banca, and 270 other vehicles were stranded in various ports in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.
Power, water outage
Heavy rains and strong winds also toppled electric posts and damaged water lines along “Quinta’s” path.
At least 69 municipalities in Quezon Province, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon have experienced power outages.
As of Monday, power supply was restored in the municipalities of General Luna and Perez in Quezon Province.
Meanwhile, water supply was cut in the municipalities of Presentacion, Caramoan, and Garchitorena in Camarines Sur during the onslaught of “Quinta.”
In a situational report, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said the NDRRMC Operations Center remains on “red alert” even if “Quinta” was already out of the country.
This means that all of its personnel must be on duty 24/7 to respond to any eventuality should the need arises.
There should also be immediate coordination among its member-agencies for the delivery of services, relief operations, and conduct of search and rescue operations, he added.
“Quinta” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). (Martin A. Sadongdong)