‘Labuyo’ death toll at 6; damages at P816 M

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The death toll after days of rains brought by Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ rose to six while the cost of damage to properties doubled to P816 million as of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.


The latest fatalities, which were both recovered at Brgy. Esteves in Casiguran, Aurora, were named as Samson Dimante and Romeo Gonzales, NDRRMC said on its latest report.

It was unclear whether the woman in Isabela, who was showed in a video footage being swept away by a raging river due to heavy rains and later found dead Tuesday evening, is included in the list.

However, the number of missing fisherman is now down to three after the rescue of the six others last Tuesday in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Labuyo, considered as the world’s strongest typhoon to enter the country this year, has affected 186,378 individuals, or 41,163 families in 374 barangays in 16 provinces of Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Of the affected families, 3,296 or 15,011 individuals are still inside the 64 evacuation centers while 5,755 families, or 26,982 individuals are outside the evacuation centers in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and (CAR).

The torrential rains and wind in several provinces in the country have damaged 3,750 houses with majority located in Central Luzon. Transportation services were also hampered after 27 roads and 13 bridges were affected by the typhoon.

Even when Labuyo exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday night, 66 areas are still submerged in flood in the Central Luzon as of 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday. It includes 26 areas in Bulacan, 22 in Zambales, 14 in Pampanga, and three areas in Nueva Ecija, the report added.

Provinces of Aurora and Quirino are under state of calamity due to the effects of Labuyo. (Manila Bulletin)