MANILA (13-Dec-2102/PNA) – The death toll from tropical cyclone “Pablo” continued to climb, reaching 902 as of Thursday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
In its update, the NDRRMC said the number of injured people also rose to 2,661 while 415 persons have been rescued and missing persons decreased to 635.
Of the total number of fatalities, 537 had been identified while 335 remained unidentified.
The biggest number of dead totaling 844 was reported from Region 11 (Davao Region). The rest included 21 in the Caraga Region, 15 in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 10 in Region 7 (Central Visayas), four in Region 12 (Soccskargen), three in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), three in Region 4-B (Mimaropa) and one each in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) and Region 6 (Western Visayas).
The NDRRMC said Pablo has affected 528,750 families or 5,474,313 people in 1,946 villages in 252 towns and 36 cities in 30 provinces.
They were in Region 4-B (Mimaropa), Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), Region 11 (Davao Region), Region 12 (Soccskargen) and Caraga.
Of these, 19,212 families or 79,885 people are in 63 evacuation centers.
As this developed, the NDRRMC said the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and Office of Civil Defense in Region 11 established a regional response coordination center in Davao City.
The Department of Health (DOH) has conducted cluster meetings with representatives from UNICEF, ADRA, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, World Health Organization and other organizations.
The DOH Region 11 briefed response teams from other regions for deployment to Compostela, Monkayo and New Bataan in Compostela Valley.
It also conducted meetings with new partners from Australia, which committed to provide assistance in water quality monitoring.
The disaster agency also said the damage caused by Pablo was estimated at P14,303,051,878.05, including P4,575,011,300 in infrastructure, P9,679,353,165.05 in agriculture and P48,687,413 in private properties.
Meanwhile, five provinces, 41 towns and four cities in Southern Luzon, Central Visayas, and Regions 10, 11 and Caraga have declared a state of calamity.
As of Thursday, 19 bridges and seven roads are still impassable while 35 areas are still experiencing power interruption.
At least 60,797 houses were destroyed while 88,090 were damaged.
The estimated cost of assistance for affected families was pegged at P76.36 million: the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P34,268,968; LGUs has P21,337,801; Department of Health (DOH) has P16,587,036; NGOs/other GOs P2,661,708 and NDRRMC has P3,505,706. (PNA)