6 dead, 9 missing due to 'Ofel'
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – At least six people died, while nine others went missing due to tropical storm "Ofel," disaster officials said on Friday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council identified five of the fatalities as:
- Sophia M. Recto, 88 (Torrijos, Marinduque) – allegedly due to hypothermia
- Saycon, Rigel, 18 (Dumanjug, Cebu) – drowning
- Solustiano Fabellon, 77 (Concepcion, Romblon) – hit by a fallen tree
- Olive Belyn Luna, 18 (Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro)
- Roberto Manongsong (Batangas City) - drowning
In a press briefing before noon Friday, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said a sixth person was added to the fatalities.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC identified the following missing persons:
- Jonrey Acas, 28 (Southern Leyte)
- Jonnie Fronda Ocson, 8 (Romblon)
- Abet Posto, 12 (Tacloban City)
- Ariel Posto, 23 (Tacloban City)
- Climente Umban Jr., 50 (Tacloban City)
- Muhammad Kanape Guiamad, 11 (Cotabato City)
- Rolando Chavez (Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur)
- Two other unidentified persons from General Santos City
Ten people, on the other hand, were injured during the storm's onslaught this week.
As of 10 p.m. Thursday, 11,804 passengers, 156 trucks and cars, 37 passenger buses, 379 rolling cargoes, 25 vessels, and 12 motor boats were reported stranded in various ports in the country.
A total of 10,935 people were affected by the storm, 4,474 of whom sought shelter in evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, the damage to infrastructure and the agriculture sector was pegged at P4,458,547.50. Seven houses were totally damaged, while 33 were partially damaged.
Ramos said the government did not fall short in reminding the public of the inclement weather. He said fishermen have always been warned against venturing into the sea due to rough conditions.
He also lamented the "unnecessary deaths" during the storm's onslaught, referring to the drowning of two teenagers who went to swim despite the bad weather.