Typhoon ‘Quiel’ kills six, affects over 90,000 people – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman
Government workers clear a fallen tree along a road due to rain in the town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines, 05 November 2019. EPA-EFE/BERNIE SIPIN DELA CRUZ

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who died due to the onslaught of typhoon Quiel (international name: Nakri) has climbed to six, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said most of the fatalities were from Cagayan and Apayao which were heavily-hit by the storm.

Four of them died due to drowning, electrocution and collapsed wall while the rest were due to landslide.

Three others were reported injured due to the soil erosion and landslide brought by heavy rains.

A total of 92,285 individuals or 22,318 families in 236 barangays in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were affected by the storm.

938 of these families are taking temporary shelter in 39 evacuations while 579 families are being served outside the centers.

The NDRRMC noted that most of the affected families in Cagayan Valley were from the towns of Abuyug, Allacapan, Aparri, Baggao, Ballesteros, Camalaniugan, Claveria, Gonzaga, Lal-lo, Lasam, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Santa Ana, Santa Prexedes and Sta. Teresita.

Affected residents in Apayao, meanwhile, were from the towns of Conner, Flora, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol and Santa Marcela.

Authorities also reported that a total of 66 roads and 20 bridges were affected by the typhoon, which was still mostly not passable as of Sunday, Nov. 10.

‘Quiel’ exited the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday but affected provinces were still experiencing rains due to the tail-end of a cold front, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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