At least 47 dead in Zamboanga del Norte after 'Vinta' onslaught


Posted at Dec 23 2017 02:50 PM

At least 47 dead in Zamboanga del Norte after 'Vinta' onslaught 1
A bridge in Zamboanga del Norte was damaged amid the onslaught of Tropical Storm Vinta. Noning Antonio, ABS-CBN News.

At least 47 were killed in a landslide and severe flooding in Zamboanga del Norte Saturday morning in the wake of Tropical Storm Vinta, which brought heavy rains when it crossed Mindanao Friday, authorities said. 

At least 18 people died in the municipality of Sibuco due to drowning, while 17 were killed in a landslide in Barangay Panganuran in Gutalac town, provincial disaster officials said.

Eight people also died in Salug while 6 others are still missing, Salug Mayor Jeffrey Lim said in an interview on DZMM.

The Salug Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office identified those killed as Jasmine Pao, Juanita Balucos, Gloria Timtim, Baby Guinit, Ghonlyn Pelayo, Halid Talma, and Tata Talma.

One victim remains unidentified.

"Biglang lumaki 'yung river. Biglang hindi siya nagflow sa original na dadaanan niya kasi umapaw na," the mayor said.

(The river did not flow along its original course after it overflowed.)

Salug disaster official Jehan Lim said those killed had already evacuated but came back to get belongings they left behind.

"Yung mga nangamatay, bumalik sila [sa bahay] kasi may naiwan kaya naabutan," Lim told DZMM radio.

(The casualties died because they went back to their homes to get some of their belongings.)

The municipalities of Labason and Liloy each recorded 2 deaths.

Provincial disaster officials said 2 people sustained injuries, while 9 others are still missing.

The number of deaths in the province may still increase as retrieval operations are still on going, disaster officials said.

Vinta continues to move west towards Palawan after leaving a trail of devastation in Mindanao, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph, PAGASA said. -- with a report from Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News.