17 dead, Naujan village isolated as Ineng heads towards Japan

A team from the Philippine Red Cross inspects a landslide along Halsema Highway in Bontoc. (Photo by Philippine Red Cross)

Typhoon Ineng (international name Goni) has intensified as it heads toward the southern island of Japan after leaving a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines.

Typhoon-enhanced monsoon rains trigged flooding in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, isolating Brgy. San Adres after its river suddenly swelled, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its 11 a.m. report on August 24.

Seventeen people died, 17 others injured and 14 missing as Ineng barrelled through the northern Philippines for three days.

A total of 72,326 people fled their homes in the Mimaropa, Calabarzon and in the northern Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Autonomous Region. About 11,000 evacuees sought refuge in government evacuation centers.

Damage to property and agriculture was placed at P165.7 million in Regions, I, II and CAR. More than 1,000 houses were totally and partially destroyed in Calabarzon and in Regions I, II and CAR.

The NDRRMC said close to a hundred passengers remained stranded in the ports of Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Romblon and Palawan. The provincial disaster management office in Romblon provided meals to stranded passengers in the province.

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