Public storm warning signal No. 2 over the Batanes Group of Islands has been downgraded to No. 1 as Typhoon Ineng continues to move away from the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In its latest weather bulletin issued at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Pagasa added that the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data at 370 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes (23.5°N, 123.4°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
Pagasa said Ineng continues to move north-northeast at 17 kph and maintaining its speed and movement, it is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday night (August 23) or early Monday morning.
The typhoon-enhanced habagat will continue to bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan and the islands of Calayan and Babuyan
Meanwhile, the death toll from Typhoon Ineng (international name: Goni) rose to 10 and the injured also to 10 as disaster mitigation teams are continuing search and rescue operations for three more missing persons in Regions 1 and 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Sunday.
At least 7,470 families comprising 32,648 persons were affected in the three regions. Of the number, 3, 327 families or 13,159 persons remained in various evacuation centers, the council said.
A total of 197 houses were damaged by the typhoon, 25 of them totally destroyed.
The NDRRMC identified the latest casualties as Nova Mae Tuazon, 17, of Sitio Cotot, Bulalacao, Mankayan, Benguet; and Jorie Beliano Catubing, 21 of Topdak, Atok, Benguet, who both died in a landslide.
Herminio Taguyo Jr., 47, of Barangay Capngdangan, Pinili, Ilocos Norte, was hit by a fallen mango tree.
Those injured were Joellier Dahlig, 67 of Barangay Napu, Badoc, Ilocos Norte; Maricel Ragasa, 25, and Louise Jay Ragasa, 7, both of San Vicente Ilocos Sur; Efren Cabugan, 44, of Barangay Kayugan, Uyugan, Batanes; Domigo Ragat, 66, of Palloc, Ballesteros, Cagayan; Ofelia Collado, 54, of Cabaritan East, Ballesteros, Cagayan; and Lykher Mayon, 9 of Namatec, Sabangan, Mountain Province.
Reported missing are Jay-ar Mallari, 24 of Barangay Manalpak, Solosona, Ilocos Norte; Jubert Bumatay, 21, of Barangay Baraoas Norte, Naguillan, La Union and Francis Castro, 17 of Dagupan, Tuao, Cagayan.
Ten domestic flights were cancelled and a total of 375 passengers, 39 vessels, 50 motorized bancas and nine rolling cargoes were stranded in the ports of Coast Guard Districts in Northern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Bicol, Southern Luzon and Palawan because of rough seas.
The NDRRMC estimated damage to infrastructure and agriculture to be P121,480,000 and P3,338,483.33, respectively.
Meanwhile, it directed the regional disaster council in Region 1 to conduct preemptive evacuation in Pangasinan as floods in 19 towns in the province are expected to persist as water level of main Agno River is seen to reach the alarm level as a result of San Roque Dam water release.
The 19 towns are San Nicolas, San Manuel, Asingan, Tayug, Santa Maria, Balungao, Rosales, Villasis, Santo Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, San Carlos City, Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Labrador and Lingayen.
The NDRRMC reported that the water level of Allied-Bued, Patalan, Angalacan and Aloragat Rivers remained at critical level.
With the gradual rise of tributaries, Tarlac and Camiling Rivers, floods are expected to continue in Tarlac City, Gerona, Paniqui, Moncada, Santa Ignacia and Camiling towns in Tarlac province.