Deaths from ‘Labuyo’ climb to 6, damage at P800 million



The number of deaths from Typhoon “Labuyo” has climbed to six, and damage to property placed at P816.504 million, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday.

Two of the latest fatalities were fishermen from Aurora province whose bodies were found early Tuesday.

“We suspect they drowned near the shore. Our investigation showed they were trying to take shelter from the storm when residents tried to convince them to come ashore for shelter. But they refused allegedly because they feared the boat may be stolen,” NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido said in a radio interview.

He identified the two fatalities as Samson Dimante and Romeo Gonzales.

Aside from the six dead, the NDRRMC said “Labuyo” injured six persons with five others missing.

The NDRRMC update also said “Labuyo” had affected at least 41,163 families or 186,378 people in 374 villages in 77 towns and five cities in 16 provinces.

Of these, 3,296 families or 15,011 people are in 64 evacuation centers.

Some 27 roads and 13 bridges were damaged while power was interrupted in 13 areas and communication facilities disrupted in three areas.

At least 519 houses were destroyed while 3,231 were damaged.

Damage to property was placed at P816,504,454.66 in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera.

This included P114,721,300 in infrastructure and P700,783,154.66 in agriculture.




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