MANILA (UPDATE) - The number of people who died following Typhoon Quinta's wrath in the country early this week has climbed to 16, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.
"Ito pong mga kababayan nating ito, nagmula po sa Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 5 and Region 7. Ang kadahilan ng pagkamatay ng mga taong ito - iba sa kanila nabagsakan ng falling debris, head trauma po naging cause sa kanilang pagkamatay, at meron din pong mga nalunod," said NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal.
(They are from Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 5 and Region 7. The cause of death were either from falling debris resulting in head trauma, and drowning.)
In an interview on ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo, Timbal said those who drowned attempted to cross a river at the height of the typhoon and have been swept away by strong currents.
"Inuulit po natin na kapag ganito po ang panahon, delikado ang paglabas. Kaya please, 'wag nating susubukang tumawid ng mga ilog at magsilabas ng bahay, lalo kung kalakasan ng hangin. Ayaw nating maulit po yan at may paparating na bagyo na naman nitong mga susunod na araw," he said.
(When the weather is this dangerous and when the wind is strong, please refrain from going out of the house or crossing rivers. We don't want this to happen again, especially since another storm is expected in a couple of days.)
Twenty-two others were injured, while four remain missing in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol region, Western Visayas and Central Visayas due to Quinta, the NDRRMC said in its latest report.
The typhoon also forced 242,220 persons or 57,742 families to flee their homes, the NDRRMC said, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persisted.
Timbal said Quinta left some P429,736,344 worth of damage in agriculture and infrastructure in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon, 5 and 6.
The NDRRMC also reported a total of 81 incidents of floodings, landslides, and maritime incidents.
The country's 17th storm this year left the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday and headed towards Vietnam, where it uprooted trees and left at least 26 fishermen missing.
Weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring two tropical cyclones still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, PAGASA said Goni, the weather disturbance located east of central Luzon, has intensified into a severe tropical storm while moving westward at 10 kilometers per hour.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of up to 115 kph.
Goni is expected to enter PAR by Thursday afternoon or evening, and will be assigned the local name “Rolly”.
Meanwhile, a low pressure area east of Mindanao has developed into tropical depression at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The LPA is forecast to intensify into tropical storm within 24 hours and may enter PAR on Monday, (November 2) or Tuesday (November 3).