The official death toll due to Typhoon Ulysses, which battered several areas in Luzon, has climbed to 37 as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
In a Viber message to reporters, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said the number can be broken down into 20 for Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); six for Calabarzon; five for Region 5 (Bicol); and six for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Meanwhile, the number of missing persons, which was placed at 15, was broken down into two for Calabarzon; eight for Region 5; and five for the CAR.
The injured is at 22 — three for Region 2; nine for Calabarzon; eight for Region 5, and two for the CAR.
Timbal said these figures are still subject to changes pending verification or validation.
Meanwhile, agriculture damage was placed at P999.8 million in Regions 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, Region 5, and the CAR.
Infrastructure damage was estimated at P253 million in Region 1 and Mimaropa. SOVEREIGNPH
CAGAYAN BADLY BATTERED
With Region 2 having the highest death toll at 20, the NDRRMC said successive landfalls of seven typhoons in the country contributed to the massive flooding now being experienced in Cagayan Province.
Timbal said this is based on reports by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the region.
Typhoons “Ofel”, “Pepito”, “Quinta”, “Rolly”, “Siony”, “Tonyo” and “Ulysses” have battered the region.
He added that the rains brought about by the series of typhoons resulted in the rise of water levels of the Magat Dam and Cagayan River, which resulted in the placing of the Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CVRDRRMC) on red alert.Timbal also clarified that Magat Dam did not release any water until November 9 and that notices were issued before it was done. SOVEREIGNPH