Death toll due to LPA in Mindanao rises to 34

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday reported that the number of deaths due to the low pressure area (LPA)-induced flash floods and landslides in Mindanao has reached 34 while the affected persons at more than 460,000.

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NDRRMC said that the partial official death toll is broken down as follows: 16 in Region 11 or Davao Region; 15 in Caraga Region; two in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao); and one in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula).

Most of the deaths are caused by landslides and drowning, it said.

NDRRMC added that seven persons were reported missing — six in Region 11, and one in Region 9. The injured persons also rose to 65.

In its 6:00 a.m. update, the NDDRMC said that 97,153 families or 463,527 individuals were affected in 467 barangays in 72 municipalities in 14 provinces of Regions 10 (Northern Mindanao), 11 (Davao Region) and Caraga.

Of these, 44,316 families or 212,661 persons were displaced and served inside 358 evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC added that 1,037 passengers of 12 vessels, six rolling cargoes and 11 motorbancas were stranded in the ports of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, and Cebu as of 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

It added that 57 roads and 21 bridges were not passable in Regions 9, 10, 11 and Caraga. Water system and pipes were also damaged in several areas.

The NDRRMC said the number of totally damaged houses reached 602 while 713 were partially damaged in Regions 10, 11 and Caraga.

The NDRRMC said that 14 bridges, 44 roads and eight public infrastructures sustained damages in Regions 10, 11 and Caraga while 12,226 hectares of agricultural crops were damaged in Region 11 and Caraga.

The disaster agency reported 13 landslides, and five flooding and flashflood incidents in Regions 9, 10, 11, Caraga and ARMM.

It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P18.45 million worth of relief goods from the combined resources of the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) that allocated P7,155,729.76; local government units (LGUs) in Regions 11 and Caraga amounting to P10,947,346; and Department of Health (DOH) allocating P330,897.

At least 17 municipalities — two towns in Region 10; 11 towns in Region 11; and four towns in Caraga were placed under the state of calamity since January 14.

PNA

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