NDRRMC counts 20 deaths from Rolly, 3 persons still missing

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday, November 4, updated its death count from Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) to 20, matching with the earlier tally from the Office of Civil Defense Region 5 (OCD-5).

OCD-5 on Tuesday, November 3, reported 19 deaths in Bicol due to the super typhoon, while the NDRRMC confirmed only 16 at the time. The NDRRMC also reported a fatality in Rizal, outside of Bicol, putting its total death count on Tuesday at 17.

The NDRRMC did not detail exactly where the additional deaths it reported on Wednesday were from, but majority of Rolly's fatalities were evidently from the Bicol region.

The NDRRMC said Wednesday's figures covered the Bicol, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa regions.

The agency said 74 people were injured in Rolly's onslaught, up from just 2 reported on Tuesday. Another 3 persons are still missing.

Meanwhile, OCD-5 further revised Bicol’s death toll from Rolly down to 17. Having previously reported 7 fatalities in Guinobatan, Albay, the agency, in its situation report released 9 pm of Wednesday, said there were only 5 fatalities in the municipality.

The number of injured persons in Bicol rose overnight, according to OCD-5. From 69 on Tuesday, the agency recorded a total of 160 injured people as of Wednesday evening. A vast majority of them were from Camarines Sur, 91, and Catanduanes, 56.

Figures reported by national agencies sometimes vary with those of their regional counterparts because of constraints in the validation process, a spokesperson for the NDRRMC said earlier.

According to the NDRRMC, Rolly affected more than 2.08 million people in the Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol regions, as well as in Metro Manila. – Rappler.com

JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.