MANILA—Typhoon Tisoy left at least 9 people dead and some P811 million in agricultural damage as it struck a wide swathe of the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday.
In its 6 p.m. report, NDRRMC said 5 people were confirmed killed in Oriental Mindoro, 1 in Marinduque, 1 in Batangas, 1 in Quezon and 1 in Leyte.
Some 19 people were also reported injured, many of them from Oriental Mindoro.
The police reported a higher number of fatalities, putting the death toll at 13. It said 5 people were also killed in the Bicol Region.
Damage to agriculture also reached P811 million, the NDRRMC said.
The Bicol Region bore the brunt of Tisoy's wrath with damage to crops pegged at P655 million, figures from NDRRMC showed.
Mimaropa, particularly in Oriental Mindoro, incurred P156 million damage.
The typhoon, known internationally as Kammuri, also damaged 27 schools and 112 houses in its wake, NDRRMC said.
Tisoy, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, cut power lines in 226 areas, canceled 358 domestic and 203 international flights, and stranded 3,330 passengers.
Bad weather brought by the typhoon also prompted the suspension of classes in 923 cities and municipalities.
More than 500,000 people were also evacuated from their homes due to threat of storm surges, floods and landslides.
The provinces of Albay, Sorsogon and Camarines Sur in Bicol Region and Calbayog City in Samar have been placed under a state of calamity.
State weather agency PAGASA said late Wednesday Tisoy weakened into tropical storm as it moved over the West Philippine Sea.
The storm was packing 75 kph winds near the center and 90 kph gusts as of 11 p.m. It was forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Thursday morning.