NDRRMC confirms 12 dead due to Typhoon Ulysses as other agencies report more

By CNN Philippines Staff

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Friday that the death toll from Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) is currently at 12, with eight injured and 14 missing.

The NDRRMC did not provide a breakdown in its 8 a.m. report.

Other agencies are reporting higher figures — a usual occurrence in the aftermath of a disaster, with officials needing to validate reports.

In an online media briefing Friday morning, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said local officials have confirmed that 14 people died and three went missing in the wake of Ulysses, but he did not elaborate.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, for its part, pegged the death toll at 39, with 40 injured and 22 missing. AFP chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay said in the same briefing that his tally included reports from the AFP, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police, adding that authorities have recovered bodies in Bicol, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.

By 3:00 p.m. on Friday, the PNP’s fatality count rose to 42. The PNP also reported that 43 people were injured while 20 remain missing.

The disaster management agency has yet to validate these figures.

There’s confusion sparked by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque during the same presser when he asked the DILG to provide the official numbers, when it’s the NDRRMC’s data that has been used over the years.

10 dead in Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya landslides

Meanwhile, local police reported that five died and six are missing in a landslide triggered by Typhoon Ulysses in Banaue, Ifugao on Thursday.

Authorities said the landslide, which pushed a two-storey house in Banaue into a ravine — also injured one person who is now undergoing medical treatment.

The Department of Public Works and Highways in Cordillera said in a Facebook post that two engineers and their maintenance crew from Ifugao Second District Engineering Office were among the victims of the landslide.

“It was reported that DPWH Maintenance Personnel were on their way to conduct an inspection and rescue operations amid the torrential rains and massive destruction brought by Typhoon Ulysses yesterday at 5 p.m. when the tragic incident happened,” the DPWH-CAR said.

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing, officials added.

Police later reported that five other people were killed in succeeding landslides also on Thursday, in Sitios Kinalabasa and Bit-ang located in Barangay Runruno, Quezon town, Nueva Vizcaya.

Authorities said a 15-year-old girl and her mother were sleeping at round 1 a.m. when a landslide buried their home. The mother was able to dig her way out and later retrieve her daughter, but the teenager was pronounced dead in the hospital.

The bodies of two men were retrieved in Sitio Compound, while two other men were also retrieved in Sitio Bit-ang, police said.

170,000 people affected

The latest count by the NDRRMC showed 170,561 people from 811 villages in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa experienced flooding, landslide, and power outages due to intense rains and strong winds spawned by Ulysses.

Of the figure, 74,721 were still in evacuation centers, waiting for the situation to get better so they could check what was left of their homes.

No electricity and water

The typhoon also caused power outages in 239 municipalities in Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. Only six of the affected towns already have electricity.

Meralco said as of 4 p.m. on Friday, over 300,000 households in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Quezon and Batangas remain without power. That is down from 3.8 million customers as of Thursday morning, the utility company said.

Meralco added it was able to restore power in most communities except in flooded areas. This is to ensure the safety of Meralco personnel and its customers. The power distributor said its personnel will repair damaged facilities to bring back electricity once the situation improves.

Meanwhile, water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water announced water supply interruptions due to damaged facilities caused by Ulysses.

Maynilad said it was forced to implement water service interruptions starting Friday until further notice, affecting Bulacan, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Manila, Makati, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and parts of Cavite.

“We regret that we will not be able to normalize water supply for our affected customers until rains over the Ipo watershed stop, and the turbidity level goes down to manageable levels,” the water concessionaire said.

Water services may return to normal this weekend, Maynilad said, and daily service interruptions will be shorter.

Manila Water said its customers in Marikina City, Pasig City, portions of Rizal province including Antipolo, San Mateo, Rodriguez are facing water supply cuts because of power outages, power fluctuations, and flooding in some of their pumping stations.

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