November 26, 2022

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will fly over flooded areas on Monday to inspect the damage after Tropical Storm Nalgae swept across the Southeast Asian country over the weekend, killing at least 98 people.

More than half of the deaths were recorded in southern Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, often due to rain-induced landslides, the country’s disaster agency said.

About 63 people were reported missing, while 69 people were injured, the agency said.

In the Bangsamoro region, there have been 53 deaths and 22 people are still missing, a bulletin said.

Damage to infrastructure from heavy rains and high winds has been estimated at nearly 758 million pesos (about US$13 million), while losses to agriculture have been estimated at more than 435 million pesos.

Marcos is scheduled to conduct aerial inspections of sunken villages in Cavite province near the capital Manila on Monday. The leader has expressed shock at the number of deaths, particularly in Bangsamoro’s Maguindanao province.

Nalgae, which made five hits, was due to leave the Philippines later Monday and head to southern China.

The Philippines sees an average of 20 typhoons a year, with frequent landslides and flooding attributed in part to increasing tropical cyclone intensity.