75 reported dead as Severe Tropical Storm 'Vinta' floods parts of Mindanao

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Story updated to include PAGASA's 8 p.m. advisory

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) — Seventy-five people are reportedly dead and thousands have been displaced by Severe Tropical Storm "Vinta" (International name: Tembin), which has caused heavy flooding in several areas in Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) however said the figure "is still for verification, validation, and confirmation," along with reports that 58 people are missing.

CNN Philippines earlier reported 48 died in Mindanao, according to local government officials.

In Lanao del Norte, the province's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 25 casualties, while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman and Lanao del Sur Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong said 18 people were killed in Lanao del Sur.

In the town of Payao in Zamboanga Sibugay, Councilor Lemuel Bulawin said a 4-year-old died after being trapped in a landslide. However, the rescue teams were able to save the parents and their other son.

Kabasalan town was hit by flashfloods, resulting in the death of one person due to drowning, said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Benonie Galambao.

In Valencia City in Bukidnon, two were killed on Friday in a landslide in Barangay Laligan. On Friday, some 429 families were forcibly evacuated as the water level in the Pulangui River rose rapidly.

The victims were identified as Irene Mirabueno, 2, and Efepania Mirabueno, 65, according to the city disaster management office. The victims were rushed to the nearest hospital, but were pronounced dead by 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

At the Butuan City Jail in Agusan del Norte, one prisoner was killed and 13 others were injured on Friday when the jail's roof collapsed due to the strong winds and rains, according to the Philippine Red Cross.

Evacuations, damage

Vinta, which entered Philippine territory shortly after the deadly cyclone Urduja exited, dumped rains in Mindanao, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

The NDRRMC said over 12,000 families are in 211 evacuation centers in the Davao and Caraga regions.

In other parts of Zamboanga Sibugay, rains from Vinta caused the Sibugay River to overflow. Floodwaters reached intended evacuation centers.

Speaking to CNN Philippines News Night on Friday, Lanao del Sur Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head Saripada Pacasum Jr. said floods in the province have subsided a bit as rains from Vinta weakened.

He said authorities are working on removing rocks from the landslides.

"Our main problem is yung mga rocks which are blocking the main highway," he said. "Right now we're trying to clear it but it's just taking time kasi medyo malalaki [they're quite big]."

Earlier, Adiong had said Vinta caused floods and landslides in Marawi. The war-torn city is still picking up the pieces after five months of fighting between the ISIS-inspired Maute group and government forces.

Tents in shelter sites in the towns of Baloi and Pantar in Lanao del Norte were destroyed. The tents serve as housing for Maranaos displaced by the Marawi war. The evacuees have been moved to nearby covered courts, officials said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Salug Daku Bridge in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur collapsed due to heavy flooding. Alternate routes are also impassable due to high water level.

In Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental, over 500 families mostly from flood-prone barangays were evacuated as the Cagayan de Oro River reached its critical level.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Saturday said it is working to restore power in parts of Zamboanga del Norte, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental.

Out by Christmas Eve

In its 11 p.m. bulletin Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Vinta has made landfall over Balabac, Palawan.

It packs maximum winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 145 kph. The storm is moving west 23 kph.

PAGASA said Vinta may intensify into a Typhoon before it exits Philippine territory on Christmas Eve.

The state weather bureau warned of scattered to widespread and moderate to heavy rains over Palawan and light to moderate, with at times heavy rains over the western section of Visayas, and Mindanao within the next 24 hours.

It warned residents in these areas of possible flooding and landslides, advising them to oordinate with local disaster offices and to be on the lookout for updates.

Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 2 has been raised in Southern Palawan, while Signal No. 1 is up over the rest of Palawan.

Sea travel in these areas, including the southern seaboard of Mindoro and the western seaboard of the Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi remain risky.

Stringers Alwen Sariling, Mel Velez, Marlon Pañares and Mark Villagomeza contributed to this report.

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