The death toll in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) has climbed to 69, the country’s disaster management agency reported Sunday.
In a situation briefing, Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the fatalities were confirmed in six regions in Luzon — Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region. Only Region 1 or Ilocos did not have any reported casualty, Jalad said.
Jalad added the highest death count was in Cagayan, followed by CALABARZON and CAR. Official numbers, however, have yet to be released.
Almost 286,000 families, or 1.1 million individuals, in the whole country were affected by “Ulysses’, he noted.
In its earlier report on Sunday morning, the NDRRMC said that 21 were injured, while 12 remained missing following the typhoon.
The agency also estimated the agricultural and infrastructure damage brought by ‘Ulysses’ at ₱1.19 billion and ₱469.7 million, respectively.
The total number of damaged houses has reached 25,852, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend. Of this number, he said around 3,000 are totally damaged while the rest are partially damaged.
Timbal said over 3,700 rescue personnel have been deployed by the national government to help evacuate residents, adding that operations are ongoing in various typhoon-hit areas, excluding Metro Manila.
“Dito po sa Metro Manila, itong ating rescue operations ay nag-demobilize na dahil ‘yung ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng rescue ay most of them had been rescued already,” he said, noting that such efforts are being handled again by local governments.
[Translation: Here in Metro Manila, our rescue operations have been demobilized because most of our countrymen who needed rescue had been rescued already.]
Typhoon Ulysses left the Philippine area on Friday morning after battering parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila. Its heavy rains and strong winds caused massive flooding in several cities and municipalities, leaving many Filipinos stranded.