Typhoon 'Jolina' death toll rises to 17; 'Kiko' affects 11K individuals

Published September 12, 2021, 2:55 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

Seventeen people have already died due to the effects of typhoon “Jolina” while typhoon “Kiko” spawned heavy rains and brought strong winds that affected more than 11,000 individuals, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Sunday, Sept. 12.

The Philippine CoastGuard (PCG) evacuated 260 stranded families in Naic, Cavite as water continued to rise due to the heavy rains brought by tropical storm “Jolina” on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (Screenshot from video courtesy of the PCG)

NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said in a situational report that three persons have now drowned in Marinduque during the onslaught of Jolina. Two new fatalities were identified as Almario Mingueto, 63, and Bobby Villavicencio, 46, both residents of Barangay Tungib, Buenavista, Marinduque.

Earlier, the NDRRMC confirmed the death of 21-year-old Jovert Garay, 21, also of Barangay Tungib.

The three fishermen were aboard the fishing boat FB Green Horse when it capsized after being battered by big waves in Buenavista last Tuesday. Villavicencio, who was initially reported missing, was found dead on Thursday close to where their boat sunk while Mingueto’s body was recovered on Friday.

Meanwhile, the 14 other fatalities –most of them fishermen– were reported to local government officials but have yet to be validated by the NDRRMC Operations Center.

Aside from them, 24 others were injured and seven were still missing.

A total of 81,048 families or 313,373 individuals have also been affected by Jolina. The typhoon also destroyed 8,924 houses, and left P628 million worth of damage to agriculture and P57 million-loss in infastructure.


In a separate situational report, Jalad said typhoon Kiko affected 2,780 families or 11,145 persons in Ilocos Region (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

An electric post is toppled due to the strong winds brought by typhoon Kiko. (Ali Vicoy)

Of those affected, around 3,500 individuals were displaced and temporarily residing at evacuation centers or at their relatives or friends’ houses.

At press time, no casualty has been recorded due to typhoon Kiko.

One of the most heavily affected areas was La Union province in Region 1 where four landslides have occured: two in San Fernando town, and one each in Burgos and Aringay.

In Region 2, communication lines in Batanes were intermittent as six areas — two each in Itbayat, Ivana, and Sabtang — have no signal.

“But we have established [two-way] radio communication through the help of the PNP [Philippine National Police],” said Michael Conag, information officer of Office of Civil Defense in Cagayan Valley (OCD-2), in a radio interview over dzBB.

Meanwhile, some areas were still flooded in mainland Cagayan while other island municipalities were experiencing isolated rainshowers as of Sunday noon.

“May kaulapan na naobserbahan at pag-ulan ngunit hindi na ganoon kalakas, mga isolated rainshowers na lang (There are still clouds and rainshower but they are no longer that strong, these are only isolated rainshowers),” Conag said.