Latin America

Quinta leaves 6 dead in Visayas

Rappler.com
Three of the victims belonged to the same family and perished when a tree fell on their hut and crushed them in Eastern Samar

LOOMING OVER CORON. Satellite image at 5.30 am courtesy of PAGASA

(2nd UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – At least 6 people were killed and 3 are missing after tropical storm Quinta swept through the Visayas on Wednesday, officials said on Thursday, December 27.

The toll from the latest storm was relatively low as the public, alarmed by the huge number of fatalities left by Bopha, were quick to take precautionary measures, civil defence chief Benito Ramos told AFP.

“They were all aware that a typhoon was coming. They were all aware of what happened with (Bopha). The deaths are minimal compared to (Bopha),” he said.

Three of the victims belonged to the same family and perished when a tree fell on their hut and crushed them near Maydolong in Eastern Samar.

On top of the other 2 dead, yet to be identified and washed away by overflowing rivers, another three people are unaccounted for in Batangas, Leyte and Iloilo.

The civil defence office earlier said five were confirmed dead and three missing but this was adjusted after one body was recovered, said Ramos.

The the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council noted that over 13,000 citizens were affected by the storm, and more than 6,000 are being served inside or outside of evacuation centers.

Port operations in Eastern Visayas have resumed except for boats traveling to areas under storm signal No 1 in Palawan and Mindoro.

Quinta has been downgraded to a low pressure area and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday morning. – Rappler.com, with reports from Agence France-Presse