‘Florita’ death toll climbs to 3

At least three people were confirmed killed while four others were listed as injured due to Severe Tropical Storm “Florita,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Thursday.

Of the three fatalities, two were men hit by falling trees in Cagayan and Kalinga, while the other drowned, the council said.

NDRRMC added that of the injured individuals hit by debris, three were residents of Cagayan Valley while the other was from the Cordillera Administrative Region.

“Florita” affected a total of 11,953 families or 47,169 individuals in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, CALABARZON, CAR, and Metro Manila regions.

A total of 1,726 families from areas hard-hit by “Florita” were sent to 129 evacuation centers. More displaced residents were reported to be staying with relatives or friends.

A total of 290 families were earlier put on pre-emptive evacuation.

Meanwhile, the total number of roads and bridges that were non-passable due to debris rose to 21 and 13, respectively.

At least four houses were destroyed and 26 were partially damaged by the storm’s strong winds. About 21 towns in hard-hit regions experienced power outages, while at least one town’s water supply was affected.

Flights have resumed Thursday while five ports were still non-operational or have suspended trips.

NDRRMC also noted that 422 classes and 169 onsite work were suspended during the onslaught of the storm. One vehicular accident and seven rain-induced landslides were reported with five areas in Ilocos region still submerged in floods.

The government has provided about P1.8 million worth of aid to hard-hit Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Bicol and Cordillera regions. Families were given food packs, hygiene kits, and tents.

“Florita” exited the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday as it slightly intensifies while moving west-northwestward towards Southern China.

All hoisted wind signals in the country had been lifted.

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