Typhoon Ulysses death toll in Philippines rises to 67

The death toll due to Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in the Philippines rose to 67 as of Sunday morning, November 15, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC said at least 21 others were injured while 12 were missing.

Deaths due to Ulysses were recorded in the following areas:

  • Cagayan Valley - 22
  • Calabarzon - 17
  • Cordillera Administrative Region - 10
  • Metro Manila - 8
  • Bicol - 8
  • Central Luzon - 2

Injuries due to Ulysses were reported from the following:

  • Calabarzon - 9
  • Bicol - 8
  • Cagayan Valley - 3
  • Cordillera Administrative Region - 1

Of the persons missing due to Ulysses, 8 are from Bicol, 3 from Metro Manila, and one from Calabarzon.

The NDRRMC estimated the damage to agriculture at P1.19 billion ($24.69 million) and damage to infrastructure at P469.7 million ($9.74 million), while at least 25,852 homes were damaged. These figures are expected to rise as regions assess the extent of the damage wrought by Ulysses.

The deaths came despite the Philippine national government insisting 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.

Ulysses battered the Philippines while it was still reeling from Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), the world's strongest tropical cyclone in 2020, which left at least 25 dead in early November. – Rappler.com