At least 6 people died and 9 are missing as a consequence of tropical storm “Ofel”, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Friday, October 26.
The fatalities include one person hit by a tree toppled by strong winds and another who was crushed in a landslide spawned by heavy rains, said NDRRMC chief Benito Ramos.
In its 8 am situation update, the NDRRMC noted that other fatalities were due to drowning and reported in Batangas, Cebu, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro and Romblon.
Missing are 9 fishermen who ventured out to sea in separate parts of the Philippines between Monday and Wednesday, but Ramos said the authorities had not given up hope that some of them may be found alive.
“Maybe these guys just took refuge in small islands. They might emerge anytime. We can’t say they are dead. There is an effort to locate them,” he told AFP.
Ofel also caused flooding that derailed a train travelling through Sariaya, Quezon, leaving nine passengers injured.
La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, Metro Manila is on yellow alert but authorities believe the water will not go over the spilling level, while a total of 6 cities and municipalities are flooded and many more are suffering power interruptions.
Almost 40 flights were cancelled and classes suspended at various levels in Camarines Sur, Cebu, Albay and Oriental Mindoro.
Total damages to agriculture are now at P4.5 million, according to the NDRRMC.