Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nock-Ten leaves 7 dead, 8 missing in the Philippines

Typhoon Nock-Ten abandoned the Philippines on Tuesday, leaving seven people dead and eight missing, affecting over 541,000, and causing millions of dollars worth of losses in agriculture and infrastructure.

The typhoon, dubbed Nina by the Filipinos, entered the South China Sea as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 105 kph (65 mph), lower than the 185 kph with which it first hit the Philippines on Christmas day.

Among the victims were an elderly couple who had refused to be evacuated, a woman who died after a wall in her house collapsed in Albay province, two men struck by falling objects felled by the typhoon, another man who was electrocuted in Quezon, and one who was killed after a boat capsized in Batangas.

The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, which coordinates the response and issues periodic bulletins on the situation, has yet to report the casualties as it has to verify the deaths reported by the local authorities and police, official Mina Marasigan said.

Eight sailors from a capsized freighter near Batangas town, southwest of the island of Luzon, are also missing.

Authorities in the eastern provinces of Albay, Catanduanes and South Camarines, where the typhoon passed, have declared a state of emergency, a measure that allows immediate disbursements of money to deal with the catastrophe.

A total of 541,119 people have been affected by the heavy rainfall and hurricane winds which accompanied Nock-Ten during its passage through the Philippines, according to NDRRMC data.

The Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development has distributed humanitarian aid worth $4.1 million at 27 centers attending to some 87,000 people who have been evacuated.

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