NDRRMC reports first casualty of Typhoon Nona

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) slightly weakened on Tuesday (December 15), but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is still on red alert status as the typhoon lashes through Central Philippines.

Related: Typhoon Nona slightly weakens, now approaching Romblon

A red alert status means all concerned personnel shall closely monitor and ensure dissemination of weather advisories and weather forecasts to its regional, provincial and municipal offices.

First casualty reported

Over 160,000 families or 730,000 people were evacuated across Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.

The NDRRMC reported one casualty in Allen, Northern Samar. Pascual Ausente Jr. died of multiple lacerated wounds from a roof that was torn off.

The entire Samar Island is powerless, as well as the provinces of Marinduque, Sorsogon, Albay, parts of Camarines Sur, Romblon, and Quezon.

In Northern Samar, four roads are impassable and communication lines are down in the whole province.

Sea trips, flights canceled

As of 9 a.m. today, the Department of Education (DepEd) has suspended classes in 16 provinces, six cities and 14 towns across the above mentioned regions.

Related: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions on December 15 due to TY Nona

A total of 56 domestic flights have been canceled today while more than seven thousand passengers are stranded in various ports. The typhoon has also stalled 75 vessels, 21 motor bancas, and 466 rolling cargoes.

Since Monday (December 14), a total of 64 flights have already been canceled due to typhoon Nona.

Related: More flights cancelled due to typhoon Nona

CNN Philippines correspondents Rex Remitio and Camille Abadicio contributed to this report.