MANILA, (PNA/Xinhua) — At least 12 people were killed and three others were missing as Typhoon Nari (local name Santi) continued to batter the northern part of Philippines, a senior government official said Saturday.
Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Eduardo del Rosario said that those who were killed were due to fallen trees, electrocution, mudslide, collapsed structure and drowning.
The three missing fishermen came from Tinago village, Viga town in Catanduanes.
According to the agency, over 9,400 families or about 59,000 people were affected in 50 villages in six provinces.
Of the affected population, more than 6,000 people were displaced and served both inside and outside the evacuation centers.
Some villages in the Northern Philippine provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga were submerged by flood, while there were also provinces in the north which were suffering from power outage.
The Philippines’ state weather agency said that the typhoon slightly slowed down and maintained its strength as it continued to move over the South China Sea.
It has a maximum sustained winds of 120 kms per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
By Sunday afternoon, Nari is expected to be 520 km west of Iba, Zambales or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.