MANILA (UPDATE) - At least 2 people were killed and 4 reported missing in Bicol region after Typhoon Ulysses' fierce winds and torrential rains lashed Luzon, the Office of Civil Defense said Thursday.
A 68-year-old man was found lifeless on the roof of his house in Daet town, Camarines Norte while a 70-year-old man slipped on the floor when he was about to stand from his bed, OCD-Bicol said in its Thursday noon report.
All who were reported missing are from Camarines Norte, of whom 3 are residents of Vinzons town and another came from Mercedes town, according to the OCD. Eight residents from the same province were injured, it added.
The typhoon forced some 188,987 persons or 52,719 families in the region to flee their homes as the COVID-19 pandemic persisted, OCD-Bicol said.
Eight national roads were impassable while 37 towns have reported flooding and 5 landslide incidents were recorded in 4 towns, it added.
Ulysses inundated large swaths of Luzon in scenes reminiscent of unprecedented flooding brought by Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) in September 2009, with the Marikina River reaching water levels worse than its peak at the height of the 2009 storm.
It came just over a week after Super Typhoon Rolly devastated southern Luzon, leaving at least 19 dead.
Some 3,670 families in Santo Domingo town, Albay were evacuated as the dike in a major bridge was destroyed by Rolly, Mayor Joseling Aguas Jr. said.
"Dun ho kami natakot kasi wala nang direksyon ang water, kung saan-saan na ho pumunta," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(That's what scared us because the water didn't have a direction anymore, it was going everywhere.)
"Nagkaproblema po kami 'yung volume po ng water bigla ho, unexpected ang water flow na nagulat kami."
(We faced problems with the unexpected volume of water.)
Some 6 to 10 concrete houses beside the river in Barangay San Andres were destroyed, Aguas said.
"May mga bahay like sa San Andres na malapit sa river na kinain na ng river. Nawala na ang pundasyon. Good thing nalikas natin lahat," he said.
(Some houses in San Andres were swallowed by the river. The foundation was destroyed. It's a good thing we evacuated everyone.)
Aguas called on national government to increase funding for relocating displaced residents and to build typhoon-proof houses and public facilities in Bicol.
"Ang problema lang ho talaga ang mga bahay nila mukhang wala na silang babalikan. Kailangan ho talaga i-relocate sila once and for all para hindi na sila bumalik doon," he said.
(The problem is the residents don't have houses to return to. They need to be relocated once and for all.)