NDRRMC: 164 dead, 171 missing due to Typhoon 'Vinta'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 25) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday revealed Typhoon "Vinta" (international name Tembin) left 164 dead and 171 missing in its wake, making it the country's deadliest cyclone since Super Typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan, however, said the Interior and Local Government Secretary has yet to verify the numbers as it identifies all the bodies.

She added most casualties were killed by landslides and flash floods.

"Ang ating search, rescue and retrieval operations ay patuloy pa din po. At halos 500 teams, almost 4000 na tao ang tumutulong ngayon para sa operasyon na ito," Marasigan said.

[Translation: Our search, rescue, and retrieval operations still continue. Almost 500 teams and 4,000 people are helping out in our operations.]

Vinta entered the Philippine territory as a tropical depression on December 20, shortly after Tropical Storm Urduja coursed through Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

It then intensified into a typhoon and exited the country on December 24.

Super Typhoon Yolanda left about 6,300 people dead and over 26,800 injured as it plowed Southern Luzon and the Visayas in 2013.

Marasigan said around 20,900 families are still staying in a total of 261 evacuation centers across the country.

Another 16,500 families are staying with relatives in areas not affected by Vinta.

She added the government has released P3.1 million worth of aid to evacuees.

The Philippine Airlines also flew in 1,600 food packs for the families, with the army's C130 plane yet to deliver non-food items.

The NDRRMC also said there are no more stranded passengers as road and port operations have resumed across the country.

"Meron din tayong ilan pang lugar na nabalitang may baha pero habang tumitila na ang ulan sa maraming lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo, unti-unti nang bumaba ang tubig baha sa naturang lugar," Marasigan said.

[Translation: There are still places with reported flooding, but while the rain has dissipated in many places affected by the typhoon, flood water has lowered in such places.]