Manila: More than 5.5 million people were affected by Typhoon Nalgae (Paeng) in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.
“A total of 1,386,558 families or 5,568,783 persons were affected (by the typhoon),” the NDRRMC said, as reported by news agency Sputnik.
According to preliminary data, 160 people died, another 146 were injured and 29 went missing. Besides, the NDRRMC revealed that more than 63,000 houses were damaged as a result of the storm.
Typhoon Nalgae struck the territory of the Philippines on October 27. It barreled across 14 provinces and districts of the country and caused severe floods and landslides. The storm left the Philippines on October 31.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries globally, mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Pacific typhoon belt. On average, the archipelagic country experiences 20 typhoons yearly, some of which are intense and destructive.