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12 missing, yacht sinks due to Quinta

TWELVE fishermen were reported missing at the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta.

This was confirmed yesterday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The fishermen were reportedly from Catanduanes.

About the 12 missing po in Catanduanes, we received info that these were fisherfolk po hailing from Barangay Pananogan, Bato; Barangayy Cagdarao, Panganiban; Barangay District 3, Gigmoto,” NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said.

In Bauan, Batangas, seven persons were rescued while one was missing after a yacht, Ocean Explorer III, sank off Bauan in Batangas at the height of Typhoon Quinta.

In line with this, Timbal said a total of 2,475 families or 9,235 people from Regions 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 5, and the Cordillera Administrative Region were affected by the typhoon.

Preemptive evacuations have been conducted and 1,503 families or 5,704 people are now staying in the 33 evacuation centers located across the regions mentioned.

Meanwhile, 3,524 people or 968 families were also evacuated but opted to stay with their relatives in places outside the flood-, landslide-, storm surge-, and lahar-prone areas.

Power interruptions were also experienced in Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Masbate, and Sorsogon.

Classes have also been canceled due to the bad weather.

An update issued by the weather bureau showed that as of 10 a.m. , Quinta was located at 125 kilometers north of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 km/h, moving westward at 25 km/h.

PAGASA said Typhoon Quinta will continue to move westward then will turn west-northwestward towards the western boundary of the Philippine area of responsibility. It is expected to exit PAR Tuesday morning.

Aside from Quinta, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) located at 1,920 km east of Southern Luzon.

PAGASA said the LPA may enter the PAR, but it has a low chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next two days.