'Ambo' leaves 3 dead, 6 missing

Posted at 06/04/2012 9:22 AM | Updated as of 06/05/2012 8:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Ambo” has left at least three people dead and six others missing, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Benito Ramos said Monday.

Ramos said the latest casualty was a child who drowned in Cainta, Rizal. The unidentified victim was earlier reported to be missing.

The civil defense chief said this brings the death toll in the first weather disturbance to hit the country this year to three.

Rescuers on Sunday morning recovered the bodies of siblings, two-year-old Princess Abrera and four-year-old Shaoun Mori Abrera, meters from their house at Barangay Sagrada in Busuanga, Palawan.

Ramos said three people remain missing in Pandan, Catanduanes; two in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur; and one in Santa Maria, Romblon.

Rescue operations have been launched for the missing people, but Ramos said rescue boats and choppers were having a hard time conducting the operations due to the bad weather.

PAGASA forecaster Connie Dadivas said Ambo will continue to bring rains until Tuesday as it enhances the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat).

PAGASA said Ambo was last spotted 380 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It was packing 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph.

Inclement weather in the country will continue this week in the southern part of the country as an active low pressure area (ALPA) approaches Mindanao.

The ALPA will be named “Butchoy” once it develops into a full-blown storm.

PAGASA last spotted the potential storm 870 kilometers east of southern Mindanao.