‘Pablo’ death toll reaches at least 267

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MANILA, Philippines—At least 267 have been reported dead in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, the two areas that were directly hit by typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha), the military said Wednesday.

As of 5:30 p.m., 151 casualties have been recorded in Compostela Valley and 116 in Davao Oriental, Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza of the Army 10th infantry division said in a radio interview.

There were also at least 151 injured persons and 21 missing persons in Compostela Valley while in Davao Oriental 175 have been injured and 57 were still unaccounted for, Paniza said.

A rescuer covers bodies recovered from flashflood in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP PHOTO/KARLOS MANLUPIG

The casualties in Compostela Valley include four soldiers who were undergoing search-and-rescue operations but unfortunately perished when they were swept away by strong currents.

Paniza said the soldiers were helping civilians get to higher grounds when the land they were standing on gave way and the strong water current swept them away. Twenty-three other soldiers were injured while seven were missing.

He said the fallen soldiers will be given a hero’s burial and that their relatives had been informed.

Typhoon Pablo was spotted 110 kilometers northwest of Roxas in northern Palawan and was moving slower northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, according to the 5 p. m. weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pablo was still packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph, Pagasa said.

Signal No. 3 remains in northern Palawan and the Calamian group of islands. The rest of Palawan is still under signal No. 2 while only Occidental Mindoro remains under signal 1, Pagasa said.

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  • bugoybanggers

    Pasalamat pa rin tayo na hindi umabot ng 500. Kahit papano natoto na ang mga tao sa resulta ng BAGYO. Kamo ang bagyo ay hindi na pwedeng idaan sa dasal iyan, kailangan gamitan ng UTAK at common sense. Ipaliwanag natin sa tao na ang kaligtasan po ay hindi dahil sa DASAL kung hindi kung papano ka mag isip mabuhay at kung gaano mo ka mahal ang pagiging BUHAY. Pero sa tingin ko yung iba diyan hindi mo na mawari kasi gusto na nilang makita ang kanilang tagapagLIGTAS kaya hayaan nalang ninyo sila basta huwag lang silang MANDAMAY.

  • Your_King

    Most of these victims i’m sure are poor and were poverty stricken. With that said, let’s see what Aquino does to help these victim’s families as well as other surviving victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo.’ It will be sad but won’t be a surprise if they are soon forgotten.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    I hope Mr. Sen. Enrile is keeping count.  “For every tear, at least one tree.”

    • Haruyyini

       Hah Mr. Sen. Enrile should also keep an (ac)count … up to  the last centavo makarating sa mga biktima ng bagyooh..at during their sightseeing hwag silang mag check in sa mahal na hotel kundi makihanay na sila sa mga patay na nakahandusay at sa mga buhay nanakapila nag aantay ng sang salop ng bigas sa red cross kung meron man ..

  • Mario_Garcia

    The people of Mindanao rarely experiences big typhoons as a matter of fact some places are never visited by super typhoons.  Now we should realize the importance of the giant trees that will hold the land together against powerful storms, we should now impose a total ban on logging and unsupervised mining.

    • Guest

       Utter nonsense.

      • generalproblem

        nonsense! really?i hope someday you will be washed out by floodwaters

      • Haruyyini

         or washedout bylahar kasi sa tubig magnanaknak ang laman mamamaho pa.. sa lahar magiging bato agad .. hehehe

  • speaksoftlylove

    Why did not the palace’s “Chosen One” order a “zero-casualty before typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao? When he fired Nilo from Pagasa, his first order to the new Chief was
    zero-casualty” which simply means he can control the weathers devastating effect is it not, yellows? Bakit di siya nag-order ulit?

    • im_earth

      it is impossible to have zero casualty. meron matigas na tao ayaw lumikas keso ganito, ganyan, dahil, kasi, baka, at ewan ewan nlng.
      at meron din naman iba nahihirapan lumikas.

      kahit di nag.order ng Zero Casulty ginawa na lahat ng LGU ang makakaya nila.

      pati mga rescuer na naka antabay ay nasawi din at nalunod dahil unexpected ang baha.

      gusto mo ipaakyat lahat sa singtaas ng Mt Fuji?

  • Commentator

    I think they should stop both the legal and illegal logging and mining in Compostela Valley. The government on the other hand should provide alternative jobs to people who are dependent on these industries like construction and manufacturing jobs. The government has over $80 billion dollar reserves. I hope Aquino can use that for these people.

  • igo_rot

    Lives wasted, hopes and dreams are gone.

    I pray for comfort in loss, asking the Father to give them new hope and strength to go on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Bakit matigas ang ulo ng PAGASA mayayabang ba kayo sabi nyo signal number 3 pero signal number 4 pala….force evacuation ang dapat ipinatupad…i warned here sa blog 12 hours before mangyari ang tragedy pero ano ba magagawa ko eh siyempre mas marunong ang PAGASA so iyon nawalan ng pagasa ang buhay ng mga kawawang Pilipino

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKMASTZ6ILTZXOG42337ZESS4I ray

    sige,isulong lang nyo ang RH BILL…. at laging dumadating ang DILUBYO…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      kung mas marami ang populasyon mas marami ang mamamatay sa trahedya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    kung ang US navy ay oras oras nakabantay sa satellite picture, dapat ang pagasa ang every minute nakabantay, dapat hindi kumukurap ang mga mata ninyo kahit mga duling pa kayo! because life of a filipino is at stake here, sayang lang ang pondo sa inyo, dapat buwagin na iyang PagAsa asa ka pa walang silbi, ipasa na lang sa Philippine Navy ang atas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Sa aking tantiya hindi lang 10,000 ang namatay sa trahedyang ito…sa laki ba naman ng mindanao na dinaanan ng super typhoon….for the sake of the dead buwagin na sana ang PAGASA walang silbi ang pagpapaalis kay NILO

  • disqusted0fu

    lets all pray for our country and for the victims to recover… life is already hard as it is. and the country has already suffered so much,  not just from natural calamities but also people caused calamities, especially under this government. lets not expect relief from them and lets instead strive on our own to recover.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    As usual, the government would call for investigation as to what caused the recent tragedy.  The main cause that led to landslides and flash floods was illegal logging again.  Government as usual would warn illegal loggers but the same goes on and on.  Unless one illegal logger is prosecuted, the country shall experience the same problems again many times in a year.  Many of these illegal loggers are politicians and government officials.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    We can talk about who to blame later.

    Now, we should be mourning the dead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    ang forecast ng pagasa ay mataas(northerly)eg: Agusan norte and surigao sur but the typhoon hit on the lower part (davao norte and davao oriental) kawawa taga tagum at compostela valley and bukidnon ….buwagin ang pagasa walang silbi……

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLHLDIPILYZ6FW5ZG7KSZ45NLU Nida

    every year ganito nalang ang nagyayari sa pilipinas tuwing may bagyo…..di na natututo ang gobyerno natin….it is high time to appoint a well qualified emergency management director at ndrrmc, hindi puro retired na general ng afp na ang tanging training lng ay tungkol sa larangan ng pakikibaka o giyera…..ano ba ang pinakamataas na training nyang mga retired na heneral nayan tungkol sa emergency management…..kya every year at sa darating pang taon kung ganyan parin ang pamamalakad sa ndrrmc, palagi daang tao ang mamatay tuwing may bagyo o malaking disaster sa pinas…..

  • Haruyyini

    sa mga nabasa ko nagpalabasang gobyerno natin ng  pera P8B sangkatutak na datung para..sa mga typhoon victms at mga infrastructures na nasira …water system..electricity..atibpa..sana naman..may special team created na di kayang bilhin ng mga opisyales na gutom…to check out financial flow of the said calamity fund…baka kasi ang report water system is flowing electricity glowing..houses built and done…location ..relocated at davao city plush subdivisions…while at compostela and co. areas damaged ..victims buhay at patay magkasamang nakatunganga sa harap ng makulimlim na kandila…meri kristmas po..at manigong bagong buhay in advance…

  • Haruyyini

    yan ay pagpapatunay na ang nagtanggal kay nilo eh ala ring alam…nagpapakita lang yan na buong PAGASA employees mga incompetent..baka nga ang mga yan di marunong bumasa ng intrumento..ang weather forecasting…eh ..ang panahon ngayon ay ..katulad kahapon.. bukas me bagyo kagaya lang nong nakaraan.. 

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