Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — Tropical Storm Agaton left at least 57 dead as of Wednesday, based on reports from local authorities and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Baybay City, Leyte Mayor Jose Carlos Cari told CNN Philippines’ The Source that the city alone—which is already under a state of calamity—has recorded 47 dead from landslides in the area. But more are feared dead as search and rescue operations continue for the missing.
Three others in Eastern Visayas died following two landslides in Abuyog town while another one died due to drowning in Motiong, Samar, according to reports from the Eastern Visayas Police.
The NDRRMC, whose count is usually slower than that of local authorities, reported an overall tally of 43 deaths from Agaton in its latest report.
It logged 37 deaths in Eastern Visayas, three fatalities in Central Visayas, and three from Davao Region.
In Baybay City, local authorities also reported at least 26 people missing and105 others injured. The NDRRMC only counted 8 injuries and 7 missing in the country so far.
Other Leyte landslides
On Tuesday afternoon, residents of Pilar village in Leyte called for rescue due to continued landslide incidents that injured several residents.
Local personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Abuyog Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and those from neighboring towns immediately responded to calls for help.
Another landslide occurred while the rescue operation was ongoing and it was not yet clear if there were casualties, authorities said.
About 80 percent of Pilar village was destroyed by landslides, according to the BFP and Abuyog officials who conducted initial assessment.
Half a million affected
At least 580,876 individuals or 213,327 families were reportedly affected by the tropical storm, the NDRRMC said on Wednesday’s report.
More than 34,000 residents sought refuge in 348 evacuation centers.
The Department of Agriculture said the storm left at least P270.3 million damage to farms and livestock in Eastern Visayas and Caraga as of Tuesday. The NDRRMC recorded a lower estimate of ₱51 million.
CNN Philippines’ Wilmark Amazona contributed to this report.