Filipino authorities confirmed the deaths of 25 people from Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, on Sunday, September 16. An additional 13 people have been reported as missing. Of the fatalities, 20 were from Cordillera Administrative Region, four from Nueva Vizcaya, and one from Ilocos Region. The Philippines government weather agency warned that heavy rain is expected to continue through Monday, September 17, maintaining a threat of flooding and mudslides. Continued power, telecommunications, and ground transportation disruptions are expected to continue through the coming hours and days as recovery efforts continue.
Individuals present in the abovementioned regions are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, follow instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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