Death toll from Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ rises to 4; damages increaseBy Frances Mangosing
Residents in the suburbs of Manila commute along a flooded stretch of road during heavy rain caused by 'Labuyo', the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013. AFP
MANILA, Philippines — Deaths from Typhoon Labuyo (international name Utor) rose to four on Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
The four were identified as Joemar Salicong of Benguet; Reynaldo dela Cruz of Nueva Ecija; and Alvin Sesante and Nelson Fuentes from Cebu.
Eleven persons remained missing, with six from Bolinao in Pangasinan and three from Camarines Norte. Isabela and Batanes had one missing each, the NDRRMC said as of its 4p.m. update.
The 12th cyclone, the strongest for this year, also displaced thousands in Luzon.
A total of 31,287 families or 153,893 persons were affected in 15 provinces of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Bicol and Cordillera, the NDRRMC said.
There are 7,810 families or 36,433 persons sheltered in evacuation centers and 5,404 fmailies or 25,545 persons outside evacuation centers in the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Bicol and Cordillera.
Damages to properties also increased to an estimate of P69 million in Luzon. About P43 million worth of damages were in Aurora, while the rest were in Ilocos, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.
Some 2,099 houses were damaged, with 245 completely damaged, in the affected regions of Cagayan, Central Luzo, Bicol and Cordillera.
There were 29 roads affected in Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon and Cordillera, while 13 bridges were impassable in Cagayan and Central Luzon.