The number of reported deaths left by Tropical Storm Paeng has climbed to 110, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.
Of these deaths, 79 were confirmed while 31 are still for validation.
Most of the deaths were reported in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at 59.
Sixty-three people were injured and 23 are currently missing from various locations across the country.
As Paeng exits the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said another tropical depression has been tracked near Palau.
PAGASA said the new tropical depression entered PAR at 5 a.m. Monday and has been given the local name Queenie.
Paeng is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday afternoon or evening. READ MORE
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Storm Paeng could possibly landfall in Eastern Samar or Northern Samar on Friday afternoon or evening.
PAGASA said Paeng could then head west northwest and cross Bicol from Friday evening to Saturday morning, October 29, followed by another landfall in the east coast of Quezon, including Polillo Islands, or Aurora between Saturday afternoon and evening.
As of early Friday afternoon, Paeng continued to have maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h. It is still expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm on Friday.
Preparations of local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon for the possible impacts of Tropical Storm Paeng have shifted into high gear to ensure the protection and safety of the residents.
Local officials in the region’s seven provinces — Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga and Zambales — activated on Friday their respective disaster risk reduction and management councils for the weather disturbance that is seen to threaten the region.
Although the effects of the tropical cyclone have yet to be felt in most parts of the region, members of the disaster councils have been ordered to prepare for any eventuality that Paeng might bring.Read More