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12 fishermen still missing as "Quinta" leaves Luzon

No casualties reported yet although 12 fishermen remain missing

MANILA – As typhoon “Quinta” moves away from Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has not received reports on fatalities although its office in Bicol reported 12 fishermen were reported mission in Bato, Panganiban and Gigmoto towns all in Catanduanes province.

The Philippine Coast Guard has launched its search and rescue operations as of press time.

According to latest available figures from the Camp Aguinaldo-based NDRRMC revealed 2,823 families in densely populated CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Cordillera Administrative Region were affected. More than half are temporarily billeted in 68 evacuation centers while nearly a thousand are briefly housed outside the evacuation shelters.

There were 11 separate flooding incidents in Laguna, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, Samar and Apayao while seven landslide incidents took place in Laguna, Aklan, Samar, and Apayao.

Typhoon “Quinta” damaged the Caraycaray detour bridge in Naval, Biliran. Public Works and Highways personnel installed warning signs to motorists. They are also looking into the prevailing conditions.

Meanwhile, 33 roads in Cagayan, Laguna, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Catanduanes and and Apayao. Both the NDRRMC and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are monitoring typhoon-related incidents from the regions.

They have also alerted different areas for possible pre-emptive evacuation in flood, landslide, storm-surge and lahar-prone areas.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development central office, their field offices, national resource operations center have prepositioned family food packs and funds worth P890 million for deployment to augment the relief operations of different LGUs. (Melo M. Acuña)

Pictured from Calbayog-Catarman Road which have been eventually cleared by DPWH Region VIII personnel. (NDRRMC-DPWH Region VIII Photos)

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