1 person dies, 9 missing due to Ofel -NDRRMC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 October 2012 14:32

A person died while nine persons were missing due to the effects of tropical storm Ofel (international name: Son-Tinh), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Thursday.

NDRRMC identified the fatality as Sophia M. Recto, reported to have died of hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition which occurs when body temperature falls below 95°F (35°C).

NDRRMC said five of the seven missing persons were identified as Rigel Saycon, 18, of Brgy. Cogon, Dumajug,Cebu; Abet Posto, 12, Ariel Posto 23, Climente Umban Jr., 50 were all resident of Brgy. Costa Brava, San Jose, Tacloban City; Muhammad Kanape Guiamad, 11, of Brgy. Tamontaka,Cotabato City; and two unidentified persons from General Santos.

Earlier, NDRRMC reported the first two missing persons as Jonrey Acaso, 28, fisherman and resident of Barangay Nueva Estrella Sur, Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, and Jonnie Fronda Ocson, 8, of Barangay Canduyong, Odiongan, Romblon.

Search and rescue operations are now underway for the missing individuals, the agency said.

At least 957 people have been affected in five towns in Central Visayas.

In its update, the NDRRMC said at least 16,473 passengers had been stranded, along with 97 trucks and cars, 37 passenger buses, 825 rolling cargoes, 106 vessels and 50 motor bancas.

It said those stranded were in Metro Manila, Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Northern Mindanao.

The disaster agency said the Ofel also partially destroyed 38 houses in Romblon particular at Barangay June Carlo and Poblacion in San Andres and Barangay Long Beach in San Agustin.

Due to Ofel, power interruption was reported also in Surigao del Norte due to uprooted trees that cut power lines; in Cebu, where tree branches caused a short circuit near the town hall of San Francisco in Camotes Island.

In areas of Borongan, Eastern Samar, Bilira, Leyte, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque also experiencing power interruption.