Typhoon Luis: 2 dead in drowning incidents

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Typhoon Luis: 2 dead in drowning incidents
The government said it will exclude the deaths recorded from the MV Maharlika sinking from the Typhoon Luis death toll, but includes it in the official situation report

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s aim for zero casualty from Typhoon Luis (Kalmaegi) ended Tuesday, September 16, with reports of two people drowning in northern Luzon due to the typhoon.

Two people who drowned in Pangasinan became the first casualties linked to the typhoon, which hit Luzon over the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest situation report.

The drowning incidents happened in Burgos and Sison towns in Pangasinan, the NDRRMC said.

On Monday, authorities said they were looking to exclude the fatalities in the M/V Maharlika sinking from the Luis death count, saying the incident was only an “indirect” impact of the typhoon.

However, the NDRRMC situation report on Luis, issued at 4 am Tuesday, still listed the casualties and survivors of the ferry sinking, but identified it as separate incidents.

A total of 139,791 people, or 31,081 families, were affected by the typhoon, and are housed in 46 evacuation centers in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, VI, CAR, and NCR, the agency said.

Damage to agriculture and fisheries has so far been reported to be around P20 million ($452,731)*, with P19.5 million in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) alone. Damage to fisheries in Pangasinan were reported to be at P352,500 ($7,974), while La Union reported P145,000 ($3,283) in damage to agricultural facilities.

Across Regions II and CAR, totally damaged homes numbered 166, while partially damaged homes were pegged at 563.

Flooding still persists in parts of Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, and NCR, the agency said.

A total of 22 roads and 9 bridges are still not passable due to landslides and flash floods in Regions I, II, III, V, and CAR, while some parts of northern Luzon are still experiencing power outages.

The number of stranded passengers is down to 238 as of Monday afternoon, while 7 roll-on roll-off (Roro) vessels and 8 motorized bancas are stranded in ports in Bicol. All other ports are in normal operations, the NDRRMC report said.

Typhoon Luis bore down on northern Luzon on Sunday, September 14, bringing heavy rain and strong winds across northern Luzon. Its interaction with the Southwest Monsoon also caused heavy rain across the rest of Luzon and the Visayas. –

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