‘Pablo’ death toll ‘likely to hit 1,500′


MANILA, Philippines—The death toll from Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) that devastated the Philippines earlier this month will likely hit 1,500, making it the second deadliest since the country began keeping records, the civil defense chief said Saturday.

Benito Ramos said that so far they had counted 1,067 dead with more than 800 still missing after the typhoon hit Mindanao on December 4.

“It (the death toll) will go higher. But let us not assume the missing are already dead,” he told Agence France-Presse, estimating fatalities at “about 1,500″ but adding that the search for the missing continued.

The toll from Typhoon “Pablo” is expected to easily exceed the 1,268 confirmed dead after Typhoon Sendong (Washi) struck the southern Philippines in December 2011, he said.

If the toll reaches 1,500 it would make it the second deadliest storm to hit the Philippines since 1947, when the Philippines began keeping records a year after independence.

Typhoon Thelma, which killed at least 5,101 in 1991, remains the deadliest on record, the government statistics bureau said. Typhoon Ike, which claimed 1,363 lives in 1984, is listed as second.

Thousands of people remain homeless after Typhoon “Pablo” brought flash floods that wiped out whole towns.

However Ramos expressed confidence there would be no rise in health problems as the government had brought enough food and medicine to care for those affected.

“It will be contained. the government presence is felt by the people already,” he said.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms or typhoons each year that occur mainly during the rainy season between June and October.

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  • kilabot

    not true. it’s zero casualty according to noykapon and everybody ought to believe the abnoying truth.

    • mon key

      where do you get your news? why make brain dead comments? did the presidents say that casualty from pablo is zero? W T F!

  • boldyak

    they are busy passing population control…they must be happy after hearing the news…WTF..
    they are also busy suspending all their political rivals…another WTF

    • http://www.kartada.net Juan Retablo

      less people in 20 years means less environmental damage and less carbon emissions.  yes, the current weather patterns because of global warming are already a big problem, not only in the Philippines but even here in Australia, where drier summers also mean more forest fires.  that’s why australia is already preparing for the next 20 years.  the philippines can also do its own preparation by controlling its population.  australia has 25 more or less 25 million people.  the philippines, which is even smaller than one State in australia, has more than 100 million people.  population control is just one of the ways we can mitigate the effects of global warming. 

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

    After Sendong, we thought we are prepared when Pablo was forecast to hit Mindanao . After Pablo hit we found out we learned nothing from the past.

  • buttones

    Typhoons come and go, people die, that’s a fact, always have. Can the loss of lives be mitigated? Well yes they can give the resources but even then people will die. We, as a country have little resources, we are a poor nation, we have terrible social problems, we cannot afford to build proper schools and proper storm shelters for our communities, we simply do not have the money, nor the political will, nor the logistical expertise to deal with these events. As time passes we may learn to deal with these events a little better, yes we will continue to vandalize our environment, we have always done so, a hard habit to break, and it is those acts that make the situation worse….

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