By ELENA L. ABEN
October 12, 2009, 5:31pm
The collective death toll from storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”
which devastated huge areas of Luzon in the past two weeks has reached
669, with 462 injured and 87 missing, authorities said Monday.
Damage to infrastructure and agriculture was also placed at more
than P15 billion, with more reports still to come in.Field reports
showed that the number of people who died from the onslaught of typhoon
Pepeng (international codename Parma) now stands at 332.
The latest official report from the National Disaster Coordinating
Council (NDCC) put the confirmed deaths only at 199, broken down as
follows: 137 from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 53 from
Region 1, four in Region 3, one in Region 4A, and four in Region 4B.
A report from the CAR-Office of Civil Defense, however, said there
are now a total of 270 recorded deaths in the region, mostly coming
from Benguet where massive landslides occurred due to heavy rains
brought by Pepeng.
The CAR-OCD report showed that during the first wave of the onslaught
of Pepeng on October 3, 19 people were killed, while during the second
wave on October 8 and 9, at least 251 deaths have been recorded.
Officials said there are indications that the number of casualties
would still go higher.
The death toll from Ondoy, according to the NDCC, was 337.
Meanwhile, the NDCC said damage to infrastructure cased by Pepeng
has now reached P5.083 billion – P3.99 billion in agriculture
and more than P1 billion in infrastructure.
For Ondoy, damage to infrastructure and agriculture was placed at
Reports further show floods continue to recede in many parts of Pangasinan,
but several areas particularly in Pampanga and Bulacan remain submerged
in deep flood waters.
In the Cordilleras, joint Philippine and US armed forces continue
to airlift relief goods as major roads remain closed, except for Kennon
Road which was partially opened to light vehicles effective Sunday.
NDCC spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres Jr. said clearing and rehabilitation
efforts is now underway in affected roads, particularly Kennon, Marcos
Highway, and Naguilian Road.
He said 32 trucks took off from Camp Aguinaldo yesterday morning
to deliver relief goods consisting of water jugs, blankets, clothing,
plastic mats, and food packs to Baguio City.
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner
Jr. also said that effective 10 p.m. on Sunday, the military has started
winding down its disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts in Metro
Manila, particularly in the cities of Marikina and Pasig, to focus
its resources in Northern Luzon.
Heavy equipments that were used for clearing operations in flooded
areas in the NCR will also be brought to the Cordilleras were they
are badly needed.
Brawner said some 10,000 troops are now devoted to the rescue, relief
and rehabilitation efforts in Northern Luzon.
The Filipino United Network (USA) has launched a typhoon relief fund
drive since Ondoy started. And now comes Pepeng and more deaths. Generous
people have donated.
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