5 KILLED AS TYPHOON OFEL LASHES LUZON AND VISAYAS
Five fatalities, as well as several incidents of floods and landslides, were reported in different parts of the country amid the onslaught of Tropical Depression Ofel.
Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Manangement Council (NDRRMC) showed that three children aged 6,9 and 10 drowned in a river in Pototan, Iloilo.
In Cebu City, two residents from Barangay Lorega and Barangay Buhisan drowned. The Lorega resident died inside his home amid the flooding, while the one from Buhisan reportedly crossed a spillway.
Some drainage systems and rivers also overflowed, flooding some roads and making navigation difficult for motorists.
Meanwhile, at least 50 hectares of ricefields were submerged in flood in Cotabato. Towns affected by flooding in the province included M’lang, Makilala, and Pikit.
Some major roads in Davao del Sur were also flooded due to the heavy rains and overflowing river.
In Davao Oriental, at least eight homes were destroyed after a tornado hit a community during the onslaught of Ofel.
Authorities were still conducting clearing operations on affected areas as of the time of the report.