NDRRMC: 164 dead, 176 missing due to 'Vinta'

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The bridge in Brgy. Mamawan connecting Gutalac and Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte was destroyed due to Vinta's heavy flooding.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) — More bodies are being recovered in the aftermath of Typhoon Vinta's onslaught.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in a press briefing on Tuesday, said there are 164 dead and 176 others missing due to Typhoon Vinta.

The data are still for "verification, validation, and confirmation, NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is in charge of the search, rescue, and retrieval operations. However, Marasigan said the missing people have "slim chances of survival." 

"I'll be honest with you.. syempre nung tayo ay nakikipag-usap sa AFP bilang head ng search, rescue, and retrieval, nasabi na slim ang chances of survival lalo na kung landslide. Alam mo, like all of us na naniniwala talaga sa milagro or miracles, eh sana meron pa," Marasigan said.

[Translation: I'll be honest with you. When we talked to the AFP as head of the search, rescue, and retrieval, it was mentioned that there are slim chances of survival, especially in landslides. But most of us still believe in miracles. We hope we can still find them.]

The NDRRMC spokesperson said ₱10,000 cash assistance is available to bereaved families, while ₱5,000 is available for those injured. Documents like the death certificate and proof of hospitalization are among the requirements to claim the assistance.

Marasigan said there are some areas where cellular signal is still a problem, but assured that telephone companies are continuously trying to restore signal, in case people are trying to call their relatives.

Aid is also available to those whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon. P30,000 will be given to those whose houses were totally damaged, ₱10,000 for partially damaged houses.

The NDRRMC said as of Tuesday, there are 1,507 totally damaged houses, while 826 are partially damaged.

Vinta also cost millions of damage in agriculture and infrastructure.

Around ₱52 million worth of damage in agriculture were recorded in Zamboanga del Sur and Agusan del Sur.

More than ₱167.7 million, on the other hand, were the damage in infrastructure in the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao.

Vinta (international name: Tembin) hit the Philippines on December 20 and left on Christmas Eve, spawning rains mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Vinta entered the Philippines as a tropical depression and intensified into a typhoon.

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World leaders, including Pope Francis and Japanase Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, extended sympathies to the survivors of the typhoon.

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