MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two people are missing while thousands of passengers are strande due to tropical storm Ofel (Son-Tinh), as the storm continues to drench large parts of central Philippines Thursday, October 25.
Jonrey Acaso, a 28-year-old fisherman, and 8-year-old Jonnie Fronda Ocson, have been declared missing due to ‘Ofel,’ the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
Acaso, from Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, has been missing since Monday. On the other hand, Ocson went missing after he went swimming at the beach in Odiongan, Romblon, with his brother and cousins on Wednesday.
More than 13,000 passengers are stranded in several ports in southern Luzon, Visayas, and northern Mindanao, along with almost 600 vehicles, due to cancelled trips caused by rough weather.
The storm also caused the cancellation of 14 domestic flights.
In Legazpi City, a group of 60 boy and girl scouts were stranded and rescued from Sitio Malangka in Barangay 56, Taysan district, on Wednesday evening.
Flooding incidents were also reported in General Santos City and Glan, Sarangani.
A total of 296 families, or 957 people, have been affected by the tropical storm, all in Eastern Visayas.
The NDRRMC is still under Red Alert.