Ulysses leaves at least 13 dead, 20 injured in the Philippines

Releasing the first nationwide death toll in the wake of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported at least 13 dead, 20 injured, and 15 missing in regions affected by the typhoon.

As of 6 pm on Thursday, November 13, the PNP said the 13 fatalities were in the following regions:

  • Cagayan Valley - 6
  • Metro Manila - 2
  • Bicol - 2
  • Central Luzon - 1
  • Calabarzon - 1
  • Cordillera Administrative Region - 1.

The 20 injured were recorded in the following:

  • Bicol - 8
  • Calabarzon - 7
  • Central Luzon - 5

Meanwhile, the missing persons were reported in the following regions:

  • Cagayan Valley - 10
  • Bicol - 4
  • Calabarzon 1

The deaths came despite the Philippine national government insisting that it was not "caught flat-footed" even as stories on the ground reported that people were not warned enough about the strength of the wind and the volume of the downpour brought by Ulysses.

The losses also dropped more grief to a country that was still reeling from the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), the strongest tropical cyclone in the world in 2020, which left at least 25 dead in early November. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.