MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — The death toll from Typhoon Ulysses has increased to 14, the interior department said Friday, after the storm brought powerful winds and torrential rains in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, submerging thousands of homes.
There were no immediate details on which areas the fatalities were from and their exact cause of death.
Police gave a higher death count from the typhoon at 26. The military, meanwhile, said rescue teams have found 39 bodies. The figures are being validated.
"Ang casualty po natin ngayon ay 14, as reported by [Interior] Sec. [Eduardo] Año," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. "Kaya lang po nagkakaiba-iba ang casualty figures dahil subject po ito to local government confirmation."
(Our casualty as of now is 14, as reported by Sec. Año. There are different casualty figures because these are still subject to local government confirmation.)
Without validation, the death toll might include people who did not die of the typhoon, said Año.
"Baka mamaya, mayroon d’yang pinatay, isinama na lang na typhoon victim," he said.
(Maybe, someone murdered could be included there.)
About 107,000 people had to be rescued, Roque added.
"As of 3 p.m. yesterday, lahat ng mga nangailangan ng tulong, itong mga na-stranded sa bubong ay nai-rescue nating lahat," said Año.
(All those who needed help, those stranded on top of their roofs were rescued.)
"Dahil sa ating bayanihan, nabawasan po natin ang casualty," Roque said.
(Because of our community spirit, we minimized the casualty.)
Ulysses left at least P4.2 billion in damage to infrastructure, said Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
More details to follow.