MANILA (7-Dec-2012/PNA) – The death toll due to typhoon “Pablo” has risen to 418, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Friday morning.
In its update, NDRRMC said that only 73 of those killed have been identified.
The agency added that the number of injured people has climbed to 445 while 383 others are still missing.
NDRRMC said most of the fatalities drowned or were pinned by fallen trees or collapsed houses.
The biggest number of dead, totaling 383 so far, was reported from Region 11 (Davao Region). The rest included 11 in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 11 in Caraga Region, seven in Region 7 (Central Visayas), two in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and Region 4-B (Mimaropa) and one in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula).
NDRRMC also said that the bodies recovered and still unidentified bodies are from New Bataan, Compostela Valley: 110; Boston, Davao Oriental: 27; Compostela, Compostela Valley: 21; Montevista, Compostela Valley: 10; and Caraga, Davao Oriental:9.
NDRRMC said typhoon Pablo has affected 1,033,364 families or 5,141,356 people in 1,862 villages in 188 municipalities and 29 cities in 26 provinces in Regions 4-B (Mimaropa), Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), Regions 10 (Northern Mindanao), Region 11 (Davao Region) and Caraga.
Of these, 64,470 families or 306,451 people are currently in 569 evacuation centers.
As of 4:00 a.m. Friday, at least1,710 passengers were stranded along with 227 rolling cargoes, 79 vessels and 15 motor bancas in ports all over the country.
A total of 15,850 houses were destroyed in Regions 4-B, 7, 10, 11 and Caraga, while 10,320 were totally damaged.
Meanwhile, at least 26 municipalities and four provinces in Regions 4-B, 7, 10, 11 and Caraga have been declared under a state of calamity.
Cost of damage to infrastructure, agriculture and private properties was estimated at P4.01 billion.
The NDRRMC said a total of P9.63 million in relief assistance has been provided for affected families. (PNA)