The boats that were shipwrecked in the region of Western Visayas carried more than 90 people and the authorities continue with the work of searching for the disappeared
The death toll from the three wrecks on Saturday in central Philippines rose to 31 after rescue teams recovered more bodies at sea, according to data provided to local media by the Coast Guard.
Shipwrecks occurred that day in the afternoon in the strait between the city of Iloilo and the island of Guimaras, in the region of Western Visayas (center), due to the heavy storm surge and an intense storm, reported the National Management and Reduction Council of Disaster Risk (NDRRMC).
According to the Coast Guard, the three boats that were shipwrecked – the Chi-chi, the Jenny Vince and the Keziah – had in total more than 90 people, among which there are 62 survivors, while three remain missing.
However, the data provided by the Coast Guard does not match the official figures released by the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction (NCRRD), which in its latest report on the event published today reported 25 dead, 9 missing and 53 survivors.
According to the list of victims reported by the NCRRD, all the deceased are Filipinos, mostly residents of Ilocos and Guimaras, although there are about a dozen local tourists.
The causes of the accident
Authorities have blamed the wrecks in bad weather and the monsoon caused by tropical depression Hanna, which acquired a category of tropical storm with winds between 60 and 88 kilometers per hour, according to the national weather station Pagasa.
Pagasa said that Hanna is expected to not land in the Philippines, but it could become a typhoon in the next 48 hours and its effects will be felt in the form of monsoons and wind across the country, especially on the island of Luzon.
Around 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines every year, as the archipelago is located in the Pacific typhoon and earthquake belt, and is one of the world’s most prone to natural disasters. In addition, maritime accidents in the Philippines claim dozens of lives each year, mostly in wrecks caused by bad weather, breach of safety regulations, faulty equipment maintenance or overload.
Source: el periodico de aragon