Sendong death toll close to 1,000–NDRRMC
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll due to Tropical Storm “Sendong” (international name: Washi) has reached nearly 1,000 while thousands more remain in evacuation centers, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Tuesday.
In its 6 a.m. situation report, the NDRRMC said that 957 bodies were recovered while 49 people were reported missing.
The number of injured persons reached 1,582 with authorities rescuing432 persons.
A total of 63,079 families or 33,415 persons were affected by Sendong in 260 villages, 30 towns, eight cities in 13 provinces of Region 6, 7, 9, 10,11, the CARAGA and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
Totally damaged houses numbered 3,127 while those partially damaged were 7,218, the NDRRMC said.
Initial damage assessments on agriculture totaled to P1.55 million in Surigao del Sur while in the Bicol Region P385,015 in damages to crops were recorded.
No estimated cost of damages to infrastructure have been reported but the NDRRMC noted that several schools in Agusan del Sur, Cagayan de Oro City and Lanao del Sur were also damaged.
A total of 13 road sections and bridges were also damaged in Regions 7, 10 11 and the CARAGA and Cordillera Administrative Region, the NDRRMC said.
The local governments of Dumaguete City and Valencia town both in Negros Oriental have both been placed inder a state of calamity.
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