OmpongPH: 8-month-old baby drowns in Albay flood

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Residents of Isabela are currently experiencing strong winds due to the typhoon. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — An eight-month-old baby drowned in flood in Albay province early Friday, police said, as Typhoon Ompong brought rains to several parts of the country even before it made landfall.

Bicol police spokesperson Malu Calubaquib said the baby identified as Crissa Joy Porteria, was found dead in her family's flooded backyard in Pio Duran town at around 5 a.m. The victim's home is near the coast.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Friday said it is verifying two reported deaths which could be caused by Typhoon Ompong. It did not give details on these cases.

The powerful typhoon has forced the preemptive evacuation of hundreds of residents in Albay, particularly those near Mayon Volcano due to threats of lahar and flashfloods. In Polangui alone, 320 individuals have fled their homes, Mayor Herbert Borja said.

Albay is under Signal No. 1. This means winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph), and coastal communities should be prepared for possible evacuation.

Ompong is described by meteorologists as the strongest cyclone to hit the country this year, packing winds of 205 kph as of Friday night.

Albay-based journalist Rosas Olarte contributed to this story.