Three individuals have been reported killed due to the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday.
NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal said two individuals drowned in Negros Oriental. The victims include a 60-year-old woman from the municipality of Siaton and a man from Bindoy.
Timbal said the third fatality, who also drowned, was from Mogpog, Marinduque. He added that one was also wounded from Mogpog after getting hit by a broken glass.
He said 13 individuals are reported to be missing, including a crew member of a yacht that sank off in Bauan, Batangas; one from Odiongan, Romblon who was believed to be swept by strong current of the river; nine fishermen from Catanduanes and Camarines Sur; a fisherman in Iloilo; and another person from Negros Oriental who was also believed to be swept by strong river current.
Timbal said a total of 843 evacuation centers were utilized across Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Capital Region, Region III, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region V, Region VI, Region VII, and Region VIII to cater to the affected individuals.
The number of affected individuals in the above-mentioned regions has reached 914,709 or 237,948 families, Timbal said.
He also said a total of 22,029 families or 77,793 people are staying in evacuation centers.
In an interview on Balitanghali, Timbal said local government units had some difficulties in implementing evacuation measures because of the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.
"Aminado po ang ating local government noong nakaraang araw na magiging mahirap po itong mga pangyayari ngayon during the operation. On the part of LGU, 'yung mga tauhan naman po na ating responders, they are wearing masks, face shields, at may sanitation as well as disinfection," Timbal said.
"Ang atin din pong pinapaalala, 'pag ganitong may instances na mayroon po tayong mga kababayan na magpapakita ng sintomas na mayroon po silang sakit, hindi na po sila dapat dalhin sa evacuation center kung hindi doon po sa in-establish na quarantine facility sa munisipyo," he added.
He also said concerned agencies continue to build evacuation centers intended for emergencies. At present over a hundred evacuation centers across the country were built.
A separate report from the Office of Civil Defense V indicated that the worth of damage from Sorsogon and Camarines Sur has reached P286,287,947.77. These include damage in agriculture and fisheries as well as loss in electrical power.
It also stated that in the Bicol Region, a total of 6,671 residences have been damaged.
A total of 20 municipalities in Camarines Sur have reported flooding incidents while one municipality in Camarines Norte reported gutter-deep flooding.
The Department of Public Works and Highways on Tuesday said 21 national road sections were rendered impassable due to Quinta as of 12 noon.
The road sections were impassable due to cuts, landslides, mudflows, collapsed bridges, sunken pavements, fallen trees and electrical posts, and flooding.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the affected road sections are in Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4-A, Region 4-B, Region 5 and Region 10.
He added that the DPWH already deployed disaster-response teams to immediately conduct clearing operations.
The affected roads are:
- Kennon Road in Benguet
- Tawang - Ambiong Road K0263+900 - K0263+930 section in La Trinidad, Benguet
- Apayao – Ilocos Norte Road K0613+500 – K0613+580 section in Kabugao, Apayao
- Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110 Maragmin Section in Calanasan, Apayao
- Jct. Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis Road, K0380+500 in Talubin, Bontoc, Mountain Province
- Mt. Province - Nueva Vizcaya Road, K0363+500 - K0363+535 in Bayyo, Bontoc, Mountain Province;
- Tabuk - Banaue Road, K0522+100 in Tanudan, Kalinga
- Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge in Sta. Maria, Isabela
- Abusag Overflow Bridge K0543+382 along Baybayog-San Jose-Baggao-Abusag-Dalin-Sta. Margarita Road in Cagayan
- intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road in Cagayan
- Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500 in Cagayan
- Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150, Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan
- Nueva Ecija- Aurora Road K0174+300, Brgy. Vilia, Maria Aurora, Aurora
- Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road, K0068+850 – K0069+250, San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga
- Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite
- Calapan North Road, K0029+400 to K0030+200, Oriental Mindoro
- Naga-Carolina-Panicuason Road (K0442+600), Camarines Sur
- Tigaon-Goa-San Jose-Lagonoy-Guijalo via San Vicente Road (Tigaon-Lagonoy Section), Brgy. San Antonio, Tigaon in Camarines Sur
- Baao-Iriga City-Nabua Road (K0472+100 -(K0474+200) in Camarines Sur
- Daang Maharlika (Tuaca Basud Section) K0365+200 in Camarines Norte
- Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon - Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 was still raised over Kalayaan Islands in Palawan as Typhoon Quinta continued to intensify while crossing the West Philippine Sea.
Quinta exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility before noon Tuesday. —KBK/KG, GMA News