‘Rosita’ death toll may increase – NDRRMC

November 01, 2018
Rescuer -Typhoon Rosita
AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday said the number of fatalities due to typhoon “Rosita” may still increase as reports of missing individuals are still coming in.

The NDRRMC said at least 15 people were recorded dead following heavy continuous rains that triggered massive landslides in Northern Luzon on Tuesday.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said the number of fatalities may still rise as they continue to receive reports of missing individuals from the field

Local officials earlier reported that eight bodies were recovered from the Department of Public Works and Highways building in Natonin, which was buried with mud during Rosita’s onslaught.

Rescuers were still racing against time to save dozens of people believed to have been trapped by the landslide in the area.

Damaged roads and poor communication lines prevented families and local officials from informing various government agencies about the disasters until Tuesday night, thus the delayed arrival of rescue.

Natonin Mayor Mateo Chiyawan appealed for help. He said they are running out of  rice, food and clean drinking water as a result of the typhoon.