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SAYS NDCC
P109-M worth of infrastructure, crops damaged

Death toll up to 100

By Katherine Evangelista
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:28:00 09/28/2009

Filed Under: Disasters (general), Weather, Ondoy

MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE) The number of casualties due to tropical storm ?Ondoy? (international name: Ketsana) has risen to 100 and damage to infrastructure and crops estimated at P109 million, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

In its latest situation report Monday, the NDCC said that damage to infrastructure was at P108.710 while damage to agriculture was at P212,537.50.

The NDCC added that as of 12 noon Monday, 56 of the casualties were from Region 4A, 24 from Bulacan, 12 from Pampanga and seven from the National Capital Region.

At least 32 persons remain missing from provinces in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region while five were reportedly injured, the NDCC said.

The NDCC has declared a state of national calamity in the NCR, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

A total of 7,908 persons have been rescued by joint teams from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metro Manila Development Authority and the Regional Office of Civil Defense, the NDCC said.

A total of 12 ambulances, 33 M35 trucks, 59 rubber boats and 112 other vehicles, 137 enlisted personnel, 13 military platoons, 20 US Servicemen, two US watercrafts, eight Island Cruisers and one US chopper, have been deployed to assist in search, relief and rescue efforts in affected areas, the NDCC said.

In a press briefing earlier on Monday, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Jr. said they have yet to receive reports of casualties from Antipolo City, Marikina City, and Quezon City.

Media reports said that 58 persons were killed in Provident Village in Marikina City, 25 in Quezon City, and 12 more from Antipolo City.

The NDCC has also received some P40 million worth of relief assistance for victims of ?Ondoy,? the defense chief said.

He added that the NDCC would set up assistance headquarters in Ever Gotesco Mall along Ortigas Extension to hasten the distribution relief goods to victims stranded in Pasig City, Marikina City, Antipolo City, and Cainta, Teodoro said.



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