'Nina' death toll hits 7 as govt mobilizes aid


Posted at Dec 27 2016 11:57 AM | Updated as of Dec 27 2016 04:04 PM

 18 people missing, several towns still isolated 

MANILA - (UPDATE) Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Nock-Ten) blew away from the Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least seven people killed and 18 others missing, as government rushed to bring aid to thousands.

Fallen electric posts slowed the delivery of relief supplies in Albay province, while in Catanduanes province, which bore the storm's peak winds, funds were running short, local officials said.

Three people, including an elderly couple, drowned in floods while a woman was crushed by a collapsed wall in Albay, Governor Al Francis Bichara told ANC.

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Residents walk past partially toppled electric posts after Typhoon Nina hit Malinao, Albay Monday. Renellyn Loaquinario, Reuters

Two people died after they were hit by debris in Mulanay town, Quezon province, according to the provincial disaster council.

A passenger vessel sank as it sought shelter from rough waves off Mabini, Batangas, leaving a crew member dead and 18 others missing.

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A boy stands at a partially damaged port, as strong waves hit the shore after Nina slammed Mabini, Batangas Monday. Ezra Acayan, Reuters

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said it was prioritizing the delivery of relief supplies to Albay and Catanduanes, which have declared a state of calamity

The agency has sent some 1,458 food packs to Catanduanes and will make two more relief deliveries to Bicol on Tuesday, NDRRMC spokeswoman Mina Marasigan said. 

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Volunteers repack relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Nina inside the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City. Czar Dancel, Reuters

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has called on volunteers to join soldiers and policemen in repacking relief goods at their warehouse in Pasay. 

Parties interested in sending donations may also contact DSWD via hotline 0977-810-9950. 

Energy officials, meanwhile, promised the full restoration of power in Marinduque province before Friday, NDRRMC said. They have also sought help from local power distributors to restore power in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon and Batangas. 

-- With reports from Dennis Datu and Jeff Hernaez, DZMM