Sixteen people are reportedly dead after Super-typhoon Mina (international name: Nanmadol) hit the Philippines according to the civil defense chief Benito Ramos on Monday. Most of the fatalities were buried in landslides. The death toll is expected to increase as the search of the missing remains unfruitful.
An evacuation of over 61,000 people have been undertaken after Nanmadol, pounded the northern part of the main island of Luzon over the weekend. The storm, considered to be the strongest to hit the country this year, caused landslides and floods in various areas of the island of Luzon.
As of press time, eight people are still reportedly missing across the country. “The missing are most likely dead but we are still searching for them, it is unlikely they are still alive after two or three days,” Ramos told reporters.
According to Ramos, the dead and missing were scavengers who made their living foraging for items in the mountains of trash. “We know which areas get flooded, which areas are landslide-prone. Every time there is calamities like the storm, some of these areas always get flooded then we evacuate the people but afterwards, they come back,” he said.
Some parts Luzon still remain without electricity after Mina struck with flurries of up to 230 kmh winds starting on Saturday.
The typhoon has now weakened and has moved toward Taiwan and China.