‘Pablo’ death toll tops 900

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TWISTED steel and bare beams are all that are left of the public transportation terminal in Compostela town, which was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon “Pablo.” GERMELINA LACORTE

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has climbed above 900, with hundreds still missing, the government said Thursday.

Typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha)  killed 902 people mostly on the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage in nearly 2,000 villages on December 4, the civil defence office said.

A total of 615 people remain missing, it said, a big reduction from the previous tally after rescuers found 296 tuna fishermen who had put to sea before “Pablo” made landfall. The government agency did not give further details.

The typhoon, the deadliest natural disaster to hit the Philippines this year, destroyed 149,000 houses, it said.

About 80,000 people remain in government shelters, where they face months in difficult, crowded conditions as relief officials look for safe areas to build more permanent shelters.

Fifteen “stress debriefers” are now at work in the 63 shelters still in operation to help survivors come to terms with the loss of relatives, homes and possessions.

The United Nations launched a $65 million global aid appeal for typhoon victims on Monday, saying more than five million people faced difficult conditions as they seek to rebuild their lives.

The death toll from “Pablo” could top the 1,200 people who died last year when Tropical Storm Washi hit Mindanao’s north coast.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    illegal loggers are to be blamed. may you acquire an incurable disease in your lifetime.
    may you live miserably.

    • Maldi2

       Bakit?  Di na ba masisi ni Simeon si GMA?  Buking na ba diskarte nya?

  • Maldi2

    First my condolences and sincere sympathy  to the families who lost their love ones.   Am not adding the agony, but with the current inept Administration we have, your miseries have worsened.  Not only before and during the disaster they showed their lackluster governance, but also post disaster activities (search and retrieval operations, food and medical assistance, etc.) are just equally frustrating.  Simeon simply has no hands-on basic knowledge.  Puro pag-bunganga lang ang alam at kulang sa aksyon!  WTF!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    After Sendong we thought the government is fully prepared but after Pablo we found that nothing changed.

  • bangxef701

    ;Maybe Mr Esposo of the Star should read this.  He was flaunting hw prepared the administration when typhoon came with “just over 200 deaths”.  Now its 200 plus 700, what a way to put it just to look good in surveys. 

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