Philippines storm: Death toll from Nalgae (Paeng) rises to 98, disaster agency says

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., President of the Philippines. The plan is to fly over flooded neighborhoods on Monday to survey the damage after Tropical Storm Nalgae swept through Southeast Asia at the weekend, killing at least 98 people.

More than half of the deaths were recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro, often from rain-triggered landslides, the nation’s disaster agency said.

63 people were reported missing and 69 were injured, according to the agency.

The Bangsamoro region suffered 53 deaths, while 22 are still missing, a press release said.

Infrastructure damage from heavy rains and strong winds was estimated at almost 758 million pesos (about $13 million), while agricultural losses were estimated at more than 435 million pesos.

On Monday, Marcos is scheduled to conduct aerial inspections of submerged villages in Cavite province, near the capital, Manila. The leader has expressed shock over the number of deaths, especially in Maguindanao province in the Bangsamoro.

Nalgae, which made landfall five times, was expected to leave the Philippines later on Monday and head towards southern China.

The Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons a year, with frequent landslides and flooding partly blamed on the increasing intensity of tropical storms.

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