Typhoon death toll rises to 11 in the Philippines

MANILA (BERNAMA) – At least 11 people have died in a typhoon that unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds since Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in the provinces in southern Luzon and central Philippine Samar province, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the police yesterday.

Typhoon Kammuri weakened into severe tropical storm early yesterday, according to the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In its 4am local time bulletin, PAGASA said Kammuri continues to move west northwest at 20 km per hour (kph) as it heads to the South China Sea.

PAGASA said Kammuri, packing 100kph winds and gusts of up to 125kph, was spotted 255 kilometres west of Ambulong town in Batangas province.

Police said 11 died from the typhoon – three in Camarines Sur province, two in Sorsogon Province, four in Oriental Mindoro Province, one in Marinduque Province and one in Leyte Province.

The causes of death were electrocution, pinned to death by fallen trees or branches and heart attack, police said.

Defence Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, who is also the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said Kammuri affected nearly 500,000 people from Central Luzon, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and the Southwestern Tagalog region.