• Deaths from ‘Labuyo’ climb to 11; three remain missing

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    The death toll from Typhoon “Labuyo” has climbed to 11, with three people still missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Sunday.

    The NDRRMC identified the latest fatality as Jun Pestaño, 18, of Barangay Matic-matic in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

    Pestaño was reported missing since Aug. 12, when he was swept away by a strong current while crossing the Sinucalan River in Sta. Barbara. His body was found along Sinucalan River on Saturday morning.

    The council also said seven were injured, and one person was missing in Batanes and two in Camarines Norte.

    The NDRRMC said “Labuyo” affected 87,579 families or 395,723 people in 726 villages in 87 towns and seven cities in 16 provinces.

    It also reported that floodwaters in Barangay Bulawon in Sta. Cruz, Zambales subsided on Saturday.

    At least 13 roads in Ilocos, Central Luzon and Cordillera are still impassable, but Alicaocao Bridge in Cauayan City, Isabela, has reopened.

    Power was restored in Isabela and most of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

    Still without electricity are Aurora and Kabayan, Sablan, Tuba, Itogon and Bakun in Mountain Province.

    Efforts are ongoing to restore power to Ifugao, Kalinga and Baguio City.

    At least 2,593 houses were destroyed and 18,560 damaged.

    Damage to infrastructure and agriculture has reached P1.419 billion.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday gave financial aid to the family of a woman who was swept away by floodwaters in San Agustin, Isabela.

    Binay, who is in Isabela to assess the damage wrought by the recent typhoon, met the family of Benie Labios, who was caught on camera as she was dancing on the rooftop of their house, which was surrounded by the raging waters of the Cagayan River.

    The Vice President gave Labios’ relatives cash amounting to P10,000. The victim has three children, who are all underage.

    “I will also endorse Labios’ family to the Department of Social Welfare and Development so that they can qualify for the Conditional Cash Transfer program,” said Binay.

    He added that he was studying the creation of a foundation to train personnel for rescue operations.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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