'Ofel' death toll climbs to 24


Posted at Oct 26 2012 08:36 PM | Updated as of Oct 28 2012 07:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tropical storm “Ofel” (international name: Son-Tinh) has left behind 24 people dead, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Most of the casualties were from the Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Socksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) regions.

Among the latest fatalities were Jonnie Fronda Ocson, Muhammad Kanape Guiamad, Rolando Chavez, Bonifacio Caran and Jony Barrientos—five of the previously reported missing persons.

The NDRRMC’s latest report stated that 19 people were injured in the storm while nine others remain missing.

The agency also reported that the storm affected 14,693 families and that the estimated cost of damage to both infrastructure and agriculture currently stands at P36,638,547.50 in regions IV-B and V.

A total of 12 areas in Batangas, Cavite and Laguna remain flooded as of Friday evening.

The storm made landfall over Siargao on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains to central Visayas and southern Luzon.

It exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility Friday afternoon and headed towards Vietnam. -- With ANC