Typhoon “Gener” caused the death of at least 12 people and triggered flooding and landslides in Luzon and parts of Visayas and Mindanao as it moves northward at a slow pace of 7 kilometers per hour.
According to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the typhoon with international codename Saola, also displaced more than 32, 000 families and affected a total of 63,670 families in six regions in Luzon, two in Visayas and three in Mindanao.
Several areas also remain flooded in Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos region, Central Luzon, and Soccsksargen.
.In other parts of Luzon, a state of calamity has been declared in the municipalities of Mabitac in Laguna, Bacoor, Tanza, and Ternate in Cavite, and Obando in Bulacan.
The typhoon’s center was estimated at 270 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph. The weather agency PAGASA hoisted public storm warning signal No. 2 over Batanes Group of Islands, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal No. 1 is up over the rest of Cagayan province and Apayao.
“Gener” is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday or Friday.