MANILA, Dec. 7 — The official count of individuals in safe evacuation centers is now reaching 716,000 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday. The number comprises persons who joined pre-emptive evacuations before Typhoon “Ruby” hits land.
In its 6 a.m. update, the council said 146,875 families or 716,639 persons have been evacuated in safer areas in Calabarzon, Mimaropa), Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Caraga.
This official count is way lower than the reports made by international news organizations that top the 1-million mark.
NDRRMC added that 2,459 passengers, 89 rolling cargoes, 689 vessels and three motor boats were stranded in various ports of the country while 92 domestic flights have been cancelled.
The agency said that power outages were reported in the provinces of Quezon, Iloilo, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Mobile communications are down in affected areas as Globe and Smart networks are not operating in some parts of Leyte and Eastern Samar.