MANILA - Typhoon Rosita has left at least 15 people dead after its onslaught in the country's northern provinces, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.
NDRRMC data showed 6 of the fatalities were from the landslide in Natonin, Mountain Province; 6 from landslides in Banaue, Ifugao; 2 from landslides in Tinglayan, and 1 who drowned in Abra.
The number of fatalities may still rise as reports of missing individuals are still coming in, said NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad.
"Meron ding missing na 5 pero ang mahirap i-establish, e kung ilan talaga ang missing sa building ng DPWH. Kasi hindi naman talaga 'yun evacuation center," he told DZMM.
Local officials have earlier reported 8 bodies recovered from the Department of Public Works and Highways building in Natonin, which was buried with mud during Rosita's onslaught.
As the rest of the country observes All Saint's Day on Thursday, rescuers race to save dozens of people believed to be trapped underneath the pile of earth and rubble in Natonin.
Bringing heavy rains and strong winds, Rosita made landfall in Isabela last Tuesday, barreled through farmlands and mountains in the agricultural north, before leaving exiting the next day.
Jalad said the NDRRMC has yet to assess the damage of the typhoon in agriculture and infrastructure.