An aerial shot shows residents wading through a flooded rice field at a village in Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, north of Manila on October 30, 2022, a day after Tropical Storm Paeng whipped many parts of the country. (AFP)


MANILA, Philippines – The wrath of tropical storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae) has resulted in 98 reported deaths, so far,  the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday.

In its 6 a.m. situational repor, the NDRRMC said only 58 of these deaths have been confirmed – 53 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Barmm), three in Western Visayas, and two in Soccsksargen (Cotabato, Saranggani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat).

Meanwhile, the agency noted that the 40 casualties, which have yet to be validated, were logged across Western Visayas, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bicol region, and Soccsksargen.

The NDRRMC also reported around 63 missing persons amid the onslaught of Paeng with 25 of those confirmed and 38 still up for validation.

On the other hand, 69 individuals were injured from 1,014 Paeng-related incidents, which are mostly related to floods and landslides, it added.

Around 1.95 million individuals, or 590,990 families, were affected by Paeng’s fury over the weekend, the NDRRMC said.

It also pinned the number of displaced individuals at 975,374.

The cost of damage to 4,188 houses across the country was pegged at P12.415 million, while the worth of infrastructure damage was valued at about P757.841 million.

The agency detailed that more than 24,813 farmers and fisherfolk suffered losses worth some P435.464 million due to Paeng.