• Glenda death toll rises to 94, damage up at P7.6 billion


    The number of fatalities from Typhoon Glenda (international codename: Rammasun) rose to 94 while the estimated damage to agriculture and property went up to P7.6 billion as of Sunday, according to Malacanang.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said at least six people remained missing while the number of injured jumped to 317.

    According to Coloma, the Southern Tagalog region recorded the highest number of casualties at 62 confirmed deaths. Of the recently reported fatalities from the region, 21 were from Quezon, 17 from Laguna and 13 from Batangas.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also on Sunday said six provinces, one city and three municipalities in four regions were declared under a state of calamity. They are Obando, Bulacan, in Region III,; Cavite, Laguna and Rizal in Region IV-A; Albay and Camarines Sur, including Tigaon and Bula towns and Naga City, in Region V; and Samar in Region VIII.

    Property damaged included public buildings, infrastructure, schools and agricultural crops.

    The typhoon ravaged 111,372 houses in the regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Metro Manila. It displaced 97,055 families or 518,765 persons who are now staying in at least 1,264 evacuation centers.

    The NDRRMC said 12 roads and three bridges in Regions II, III, IV-A, V and Cordillera Autonomous Region remained impassable due to damages and flooding.

    Coloma said the Department of Energy reported that power supplies in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon have been fully restored while Calabarzon and Metro Manila are still experiencing brownouts.

    According to the NDRRMC, Glenda was officially out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of Sunday morning.

    Meanwhile, Coloma said there are regions that reported zero casualties—Albay, Camarines Norte and Masbate, all in Bicol Region, and “many” cities in Metro Manila (16 cities and one municipality).

    He cited “early preparations” and joint efforts by “authorities, local government [units], civil society organizations, non-government organizations and the people” for the zero casualty records.

    “We hope that the number of casualties will not further increase,” NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan said also on Sunday.


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