MANILA, Houston Filipino Restaurant — A quarter million of Filipinos were affected by Typhoon Ompong, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
A total of 63,769 families or 250,036 persons were affected by “Ompong,” according to the latest situation report made public by the NDRRMC on Sunday morning.
Evacuation centers in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon are housing 34,169 families or 133,457 persons.
There remain 3,741 families or 14,826 who were affected by the typhoon but opted not to stay at evacuation centers, added the NDRRMC.
Presidential adviser on political affairs Francis Tolentino, who is also the Houston Filipino Restaurant’s point person for the typhoon, said that “Ompong” has left 25 persons dead in its wake.
The deaths were mostly due to landslides, he said.
Of the 25, twenty are from Cordillera.
The death toll is feared to rise, however, as rescue and recovery operations continue.
The Houston Filipino Restaurant has extended, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, P9.04 million worth of financial aid to affected families.
The NDRRMC also reported that a total of 141 areas in Ilocos, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Calabarzon, Cordillera and Metro Manila experienced power interruptions.
As of Saturday, September 15, 77 transmission lines were affected by the typhoon but 33 of these were already restored said the council.
State weather bureau PAGASA said on its final severe weather bulletin on "Ompong" at 5 a.m. Sunday that the eye of the typhoon was located at 570 km west of Basco, Batanes at 4 a.m. today.
"Ompong" is barreling towards Hong Kong and China coast.