MANILA, Philippines – Nine people died while 38 were injured during the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holidays, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The NDRRMC monitored 11 accidents, six fires, two incidents of drowning, one bomb threat and one robbery in their Alerto Undas 2012 operation from October 31 until November 3.
Among the major incidents were:
• A vehicular accident in Tagkawayan, Quezon, last November 1 involving a Mitsubushi Lancer and a 10-wheeler truck. Two persons died, including the driver of the Lancer, while five more were injured.
• A collision between two motorcycles in Tiaong, Quezon, which led to the deaths of two people while two others were injured.
• A vehicular accident in San Manuel, Pangasinan involving a Honda TMX and a Suzuki 125 x4. The drivers of the vehicles sustained serious physical injuries and were declared dead on arrival at the Don Laureano Perez Memorial Clinic.
• A multiple collision at the North Luzon Expressway involving five vehicles, which saw seven persons injured.
• A vehicular accident in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur when a Raymond passenger bus carrying 42 passengers fell off a shallow ravine. Fifteen passengers were brought to a Quezon hospital for treatment.
• Electrical trouble of a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train at the Kamuning station. Two persons sustained minor injuries.
• A grass fire at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) as well as at the Manila South Cemetery.
• Fires in Quezon City, Pasay, Las Piñas and Pagadian City.
• Drowning incidents in Tabuk City, Kalinga and Mogpog, Marinduque, which resulted in four casualties.
• A whirlwind incident in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte lasting for fifteen minutes, damaging 57 houses in nine barangays.
According to NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos, there were less deaths recorded this year, compared to 2011 when 33 people died during the All Souls' Day holiday.
The NDRRMC has also lowered its alert warning from red to blue as motorists start returning to Metro Manila Sunday.
But the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Philippine National Police remain on heightened alert. -- Report from DZMM