The Office of Civil defense (OCD) said on Sunday that the number of lives claimed by landslides and flooding in the Bicol region has risen to at least 16.
Of these, seven perished due to drowning in Masbate province, said OCD regional director Claudio Yucot. The victims were reportedly residents of townsClaveria, Mobo, and Uson.
In Albay, three people, inlcuding a three-year-old boy, died from being buried alive in Barangay San Francisco, Legazpi City. Heavy rains soaking and loosening soils and debris caused the incident.
Landslides in Sorsogon claimed four victims between incidents in Sorsogon City and Bulan town.
Another landslide struck Camarines Sur, burying a father and son alive in their own home in Barangay Guibahoy, Lagonoy town.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), 1,630 passengers were still stranded in the Bicol region as of 1 a.m. Sunday thanks to inclement weather. Of these, 1,146 passengers were stranded in Albay, 442 in Camarines Sur, and 42 in ports in Catanduanes.
6,182 families, or about 22,301 persons, have been displaced. They are currently seeking shelter in 66 evacuation centers throughout the six provinces in Bicol region.
Camarines Norte, parts of Camarines Sur, and the town of Bulan in Sorsogon are also experiencing power outages.