The Philippine Coast Guard announced that a cargo ship ran aground off the southern Philippines, killing four crew members.
Seven crew members have been rescued, while the search for nine missing is underway.
The Coast Guard said that the crew evacuated the vessel “LCT Cebu Great Ocean” which was transporting raw nickel and 2,000 liters of diesel fuel before it ran aground in the province of Surigao del Norte.
According to a Coast Guard official, the bodies of the four victims were found after being thrown ashore by the waves, while the seven crew members were rescued in different parts of the southern region after their arrival on land.
He added that the ship was parked to avoid huge waves off another region, but it was reported that its moorings were broken, so it was washed away and drifted.
The region is witnessing bad weather due to Hurricane Surigae, which brought winds to 195 kilometers per hour.
Today, disaster officials announced the death of three people and the injury often in areas that witnessed strong winds, and tens of thousands were still in shelters.
The Philippines witnesses about 20 tropical storms annually.