MILITARY SAYS:

Typhoon death toll climbs to over 200

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Spokesman of the 10th Infantry Division Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza: Capion is bandit. Photo from http://rudedolfo.blogspot.com

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) that battered Visayas and Mindanao climbed to more than 200 people Wednesday and officials feared many more bodies could be found as rescuers reached hard-hit areas that had been isolated by landslides, floods and downed communications, the military said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division said fatalities from Compostela Valley have gone up to 142, with 69 of which were from Tuesday’s flashflood in New Bataan.

Three of the 69 were Army soldiers.

He added that there were 158 injured from Pablo’s wrath. The number of those missing was unclear. Earlier reports said 258 were still unaccounted for but Paniza corrected the reports and said only 79 were missing, 58 from Compostela and 21 from Davao Oriental.

In Davao Oriental, meanwhile, there were 114 reported deaths and 21 still missing, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

Paniza also said heavy rains and strong winds whipped up by Pablo have damaged crops in Davao del Norte.

“Davao del Norte was affected and damage to crops, especially the banana plantations was extensive and rice fields are under water,” he said.

“But as to fatalities we have no report coming from Davao del Norte,” he added.

Paniza also said evacuees from Davao del Norte have returned to their homes.

‘Few structures left standing’

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and other officials described scenes of utter devastation with houses and other structures in some towns and villages ripped apart by the most powerful storm to hit the country this year.

“There are very few structures left standing in the town of Cateel,” she told AFP, referring to one badly hit coastal town.

“We need to rush to these areas body bags, medicines, dry clothes and most importantly tents, because survivors are living out in the open after the typhoon blew away homes and rooftops.”

The situation was just as dire in New Bataan town, which the military said saw flash floods and mudslides.

“The bodies are left lying on the ground in the open in New Bataan and we don’t want to risk the spread of disease,” Soliman said.

The New Bataan dead included a soldier taking part in rescue operations, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said. Six other army men from the same unit were missing and three were injured.

“It is quite sad and tragic. They were actually there to be ready to help our countrymen who may be in trouble,” Roxas said.

The military was scrambling helicopters and heavy equipment Wednesday to the mountain town, where rainwater had gushed down from nearby slopes, creating a deadly swirl of water, logs and rocks that crushed everything in its path.

Logs and boulders blocked the narrow mountain pass leading to the town, said Major General Ariel Bernardo, commander of an army division in the area.

Parts of Mindanao remained without power and telephone services, with food and clean water in limited supply.

Cateel and two other towns on Mindanao’s east coast remained cut off due to a collapsed bridge and fallen trees and debris blocking roads, said Corazon Malanyaon, governor of Davao Oriental province where Bopha made landfall.

She said rescuers were using everything from heavy equipment to their bare hands and chainsaws to clear the roads.

“It’s like we’re running an obstacle course,” Malanyaon said on local radio.

“About 95 percent of the town centre’s structures including hospitals, private homes, private buildings had their roofs blown away,” she said.

Bernardo said about 200 soldiers were dispatched to help them, while emphasising that the military was also “a victim of the storm” after an army patrol base and a rescue truck were washed away in New Bataan.

“In one of our headquarters, no bunkers were left standing and all our communication equipment has been destroyed,” he said.

Bopha struck Mindanao early Tuesday, bringing driving rain and strong winds that forced 87,000 people to seek refuge in emergency shelters, according to an updated civil defence office tally.

It was the 16th storm this year to ravage the Philippines, which is hit with about 20 cyclones annually.

In December last year Mindanao was pummelled by tropical storm Washi, which killed more than 1,200 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. With a report from Agence France Presse and Associated Press

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SS45ZT4JBPHZZ5FGDT4C7S3ORQ jonas c

    aw. this is what happened when we abuse the nature! walang puno sumisipsip ng tubig ulan=baha, walang ugat na hahawak sa lupa=landslide.
    Condolence po sa mga naiwan ng ating mga kababayan. kakalungkot naman :( 

    • hopeless_na

      tumpak!!! isama mo na ang mga ibang elements na sumisira ng atmosphere kaya nagkakaroon ng climate change. dati hindi naman binabagyo ang mindanao ah. bakit???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Let’s start helping the victims. Kaya pa natin makalikom bago mag Pasko. Wag lang sanang sisihin na naman si gma.

  • jawaini

    pablo is something…maski sa paghanda at babala may kaswalte pa rin….no part in the Philippines now  is safe from super storms…something had changed and i guess we are all to blame…sad to know about the losses…too..dagdag paghihirap n naman ito sa mga naapektuhan ni pablo…

  • WeAry_Bat

    These typhoons were like a big, white billiard ball that smashed infrastructures and grounds which hadn’t considered above 120kph winds for decades.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    Illegal loggers at mga nagkalbo ng kagubatan–TINGAN NYO ANG GINAWA NYO SA MGA BATA!!! TINANGNAN NYO!!!!

  • joboni96

    bagyuhin talaga ang bayan natin

    rip sa mga biktima

    masaya na naman lgu officials

    1. magagamit calamity fund pang komisyon
    emergency purchase pa

    2. makakapapogi sa mga botante
    papasyal pasyal, pabigay bigay ng tulong

    3. maraming project sa mga nasira
    marami na namang komisyon

    edukasyon at training kailangan sa mga tao
    hindi paupo upo sa evacuation center

    sa lugar namin, sariling sikap

  • aldhins

    Dapat  may natutunan tyo sa nangyari noon sa giunsaugon leyte pero  ito na ulit na naman hanggat inaabuso ang kalikasan ang buhay natin nalalagay sa kapahamakan.Sa compostela valley sinisira ng pag mimina at mga illegal loggers ang mga kabundokan dyan kaya di nakaka pag tataka kung ang  pumapatay sa ating  kababayan dyan ay  pag guho ng  lupa tigilan na pag abuso sa kalikasan  mas malaki ang pinsala kaysa kikitain natin dyan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SS45ZT4JBPHZZ5FGDT4C7S3ORQ jonas c

      Para ngang Kinalimutan na ng taong bayan ung nangyari dun. Dun may pinakamaraming namatay sa decadang ito.. kasama ng pagkalibing ng buhay ng mga kababayan natin na taga giunsaugon leyte ay ang pagbaon sa limot ng gobyerno at media sa nangyaring un. hindi pa tayo nadala. 

  • CmdrAdobo

    Typhoon is very common in the philippines we should have learned from our past experiences. Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Batanes people are always impacted from typhoons. We should learn from them.

    Typhoon is mother’s nature way of fixing some problem. It improves water level to our dried river and it distributes cold/hot temperature to the world. We cannot do something about it, it’s mother nature of debugging the world. So let’s accept this that typhoons can hit anytime in our country and be prepared just like other part of the world prepare for winter.

  • MULEN

    Saludo ako sa ating mga magigiting na sundalo. Sa oras ng kalamidad, buhay nila’y itinaya upang makatulong sa kapwa. Samantalang ang tinatawag na Bagong Hukbong Bayan ay ni anino ay hindi mo mahalagilap sa oras ng kalamidad. Talagang magaling lang ang mga ito sa pangongotong at panununog ng ari-arian.  

    • TheGUM

      Paano mo alam ito? Nandoon ka ba? O meron ka bang mga nakausap na mga tao na magsasabi na totoo ang mga akusasyon mo?  Sa palagay ko, wala kang ikaniiba sa mga taong nagsasabi na kasalanan ni Pnoy ito.  Walang basehan ng mga sinasabi.  Puro satsat lang para makapuntos sa propaganda.

      • MULEN

        And why are you butthurt? Prove something that your dear comrades were up in arms in helping the Typhoon Pablo victims. Ipakita mo na hindi lang sa pangongotong magaling ang mga tamad at ayaw magbanat ng butong mga salot sa lipunan. Ipakita mo na may silbi ang mga ito sa oras ng pangangailangan. 

  • Mattino2011

    Ano gagawin mo ngaun pnoy? Fire mo si Usec Ramos ng NDRRMC>? Pre-emptive and force evacuation daw…pwe..Bkt dami namatay pa din..Puro log na naman inanod, why not investigate that angle…as well…Matagal na dami illgal mining sa mt diwalwal…DENR walang nagawa mapigil yan

  • buttones

    Firstly condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, and at this time of year looking forward to Xmas this ‘disaster’ is sadder for that. Yes now is the time to help the victims- agencies doubtless do all they can.
    At the risk of being accused of sounding so obvious, it’s a repetitive situation that keeps occurring from South to North. The endless issue of ‘illegal logging’ – all logging is to blame, illegal or not to an extent, we can mitigate damage but damage and deaths will always occur. People living on flood plains, on the coast, don’t build homes to any standard or building codes- they can’t afford it- they just build a shack. In the area, they are not really subject to these events but it seems to me these events are now a reality. I live on a little island north of the tracking of this typhoon, it was supposed to go right over us but thankfully didn’t, but having experienced typhoon Frank a few years ago , the one that sank the Princess of the Stars [still in litigation] these events are terrifying. There is nothing you can do other than build a strong well designed house- and I live a meter above sea level- most cannot afford this luxury, and even then to see water being forced through the gap between window frame and wall, teaches you about caulking and watching what your builder is doing.
    This will event will happen again… somewhere, and by all accounts with shifting weather patterns it will get worse…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    That’s nature wrath. . This is now the result of land conversion from forest land to agricultural land.  ComVal is a mountainous terrain which is not good for banana plantation and other high value crops. The government should evaluate their zoning plan especially the move of DAR to give forested area to the landless as part of CARPER to give 2 millions hectares as their target at the end of 2014. Ito na ang resulta sa over population, yung mga tao pumupunta na sa bundok at sinisira ang kalikasan para matirhan. . Ang ginagawa natin ay babalik din sa atin.

  • windar_einstein

    zero casualty right???

  • Your_King

    The damages and the devastation after the storm will be severe without a doubt, if they are not already. The poor will be the most affected. Once again the victims will be calling upon Mr. Aquino to do something to help them out. The only problem as usual when it comes to issues regarding the poor is if Mr. Aquino will be listening.

  • $20926843

    What happens to the preparedness that this SOB of NDRRMC beneto ramos is boasting about? As of yesterday this factotum ramos is all over the airwaves answering questions about how prepared his agency and the local governments to be affected.  A minimal casualty of about a hundred is acceptable. but the way things are going it may go up further.  This NDRRMC and its head ramos is as inutile as their president boss in malacanang…..

    • princeipeazul

      But no one knew how would be the impact of this typhoon. And moreover, catastrophes like this are unpredictable. No one has no idea the impact it would create. Let’s just pray for the faster recovery of the affected people.

    • anu12345

      Relax lang. Sa tingin mo ba anong klaseng preparedness ang kailangan? You can only do so much. Our country is poor and so with many of our people but look what happened to the rich countries which experienced super typhoons.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    prayers and sympathy sa mga kababayan ko..

  • Shakatak Sha

    no need to blame anybody this time around… for the meantime if we wanted to help, please do so and later find and address the problem. 

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