Teenage girl adds to ‘Bising’ death toll

Published April 21, 2021, 2:43 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The death toll on typhoon ‘Bising’ rose to three on Wednesday, April 21, after a 19-year-old girl died after she was hit by an uprooted tree in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said the latest fatality was among the three people who were hit by an uprooted tree that eventually fell on their house on April 18 in Barangay Sacub in Hagonoy town. The incident was only confirmed on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the NDRRMC confirmed the death of two people in Eastern Visayas.

The two other companions of the 19-year old fatality were among the 10 injured victims on the list of the NDRRMC, according to Jalad.

In Camarines Norte, two motorcycle-riding men aged 43 and 39 encountered an accident after they hit a downed electric post in P5 Borabod in Daet. In Barangay Sinawilan, Matanao Davao del Sur, five resort visitors were swimming in a pool when a tree collapsed on them last April 18. The victims included a 33- year-old man, a 64-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman, and another woman.

Meanwhile, officials were awaiting the report from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) regarding the 40-year-old fisherman who went missing after venturing into the sea in San Jose, Northern Samar at the height of the typhoon.

Jalad noted that the number of affected persons increased to 59,098 families or 229,829 individuals in Bicol (Region 5), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), and Caraga (Region 13).

Among those affected were 3,848 families or 15,813 individuals who were taking refuge in evacuation centers while 5,535 families or 21,648 individuals sought shelter with their relatives or friends.