Death toll in Davao Oriental rises to 143

VictimS of landslide in Compostela Valley. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACE R. MORANDANTE/DAVAOTODAY.COM
Victims of landslide in Compostela Valley. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACE R. MORANDANTE/DAVAOTODAY.COM

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (5-Dec-2012/PNA) – The death toll in Davao Region rose to 143 as more casualties were recorded in New Bataan,Compostela Valley.

The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD)reported that as of Wednesday, the number of casualties in New Bataan,Compostela Valley rose to 53.

The Provincial Disaster Assessment and Monitoring Center of Davao Oriental, recorded a total of 81 deaths, 148 injured and 21 missing as of 12 noon Wednesday.

The center’s vice chair Freddie Bendulo said 31 were killed in Baganga; 30 in Cateel; 15 in Boston; 3 in Caraga; 1 in Manay and 1 in Tarragona while there were 6 in Montevista, two in Monkayo and one in Compostela.

There were 95 injured in Cateel, 51 in Baganga, 2 in Caraga while 13 are remained missing in Baganga, 7 in Cateel and one in Caraga.

Bendulo also said 95 percent of the houses in Poblacion Baganga, Cateel and Boston were totally wrecked including classrooms, churches and even the district hospital in Cateel.

The SWD tearm also reported that those affected in Compostela Valley were: Maragusan– 1,072 person, Mabini–1,500 person, Nabunturan–119 families, Maco–928 families, Pantukan–500 families, Mawab–68 families, Laak—1,435 and Monkayo with 3,650 persons.

The teams also reported that as of at 2 a.m.three more barangays in Sto. Tomas were affected. These were barangays Esperanza, an estimated 400 families, Talomo–400 families and New Panay Salvacion–80 families.

Meanwhile, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon announced that the provincial government was working with the Philippine Navy in delivering relief goods to heavily devastated towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston.(PNA) GHG/PRIAM F. NEPOMUCENO/ANTHONY S.ALLADA/LESLIE L. FRANCISCO/LDP/PJN



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