3 dead, dozen missing after Typhoon Molave hit Philippines
Published: 09:17 PM, 27 October 2020
Three people died and a dozen others are missing after a typhoon triggered flooding across the central Philippines, officials said Tuesday, with thousands still sheltering in evacuation centers.
Typhoon Molave struck Sunday, inundating low-lying villages and farmlands, knocking down power lines, and destroying hundreds of houses as it crossed the archipelago.
The typhoon is now sweeping across the South China Sea towards Vietnam, the national weather forecaster said.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) warned the number of casualties could rise as regional authorities assess the damage in their areas.
The three deaths were all drowning, NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal said.
Twelve people, mostly fishermen, have been reported missing after being caught in rough seas. More than 70,000 people remain in over 800 evacuation centers.
The country’s deadliest typhoon on record was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing in 2013.