Typhoon ‘Ineng’ death toll: 7 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2015 16:53

The death toll from Typhoon Goni - known as Ineng in the Philippines – has risen to seven as the storm struck the archipelago’s north, churning out strong winds and heavy rainfall and triggering landslides and toppling trees.

In its Saturday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said it has monitored 22-storm related incidents in which seven people died, five injured and two still missing in the northern provinces of Mountain Province, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union.

According to NDRRMC, 10 incidents of flooding was recorded, five landslides, two tornado, two river swelling, one fallen tree, one person hit by a branch of tree and one bridge collapsed

Among the dead was a 10-year-old boy of Mountain Province whose house was buried by landslide on Friday. Five others were also killed in separate landslides, and seventh was hit by a mango tree toppled by strong wind.

The disaster agency counted as of Saturday 1,194 families affected by the storm’s fury, 420 of which haven taken shelter in evacuation centers, 774 are outside of evacuation centers.

It added that 27 roads in northern Philippines and three bridges have been closed to traffic.

The storm also toppled power lines triggering power outages were experiencing in at least four provinces.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued orange rainfall warning Saturday as heavy rains brought by prevailing southwest monsoon enhanced by Goni continued in four provinces.

The orange rainfall advisory, the second in its three-stage rainfall warning system, is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.

PAGASA said still under the yellow warning rainfall are Manila, the country’s capital and the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Rizal and Bataan.

A yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.

Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas.

The state weather bureau said the information are based on current radar trends and all available meteorological data.

The Philippines suffers around 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan — one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded — struck the country’s central islands, leaving more than 8,000 people dead, missing and injured.