‘NONA’ DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 17 –NDRRMC

MANILA — The official death toll for typhoon “Nona” has reached 17 as of Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

In its latest update, NDRRMC said there were three fatalities in Region 4-A in the province of Quezon; seven in Region 4-B in the provinces of Romblon, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro; four in Region 5 in the provinces of Sorsogon, Albay and Masbate; and three in Region 8 in the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar.

The NDRRMC said “Nona” has affected 76,796 families or 222,438 people in six cities and 137 municipalities in 19 provinces of Regions 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5 and 8.

Of these, 35,416 families or 156,859 people were accommodated in 469 evacuation centers.

A total of 19 roads and four bridges were reported not passable in Regions 3, 4-A, 4-B, 8 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Damage to infrastructure and agriculture was estimated at PhP94,764,324 and PhP840,428,619.51, respectively, or a total of PhP935,192,943.51 in Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5 and 8.

A total of 132,122 houses were damaged (23,614 totally and 105,508 partially) in the four regions.

At least 35 health facilities were reported damaged — seven in Region 5 and 28 in Region 8.

The agency said the total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached PhP44,955,026 worth of relief goods and medicines from the combined resources of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5 and 8.

Meanwhile, at around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, four military vehicles traversing the Maharlika Highway to transport relief goods in typhoon “Nona”-affected areas were ambushed by an undetermined number of armed lawless elements at the vicinity of Barangay Madalunot, Pinabacdao, Samar, resulting in the wounding of two military personnel. PNA