• ‘Labuyo’ death toll rises to 7, damage nears P1 billion

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    THE death toll in the onslaught of typhoon Labuyo (international codename: Utor) reached seven as of Wednesday while damage to agriculture and properties neared the P1 billion mark.

    According to reports from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), among the dead was Vennie Labios, 40, the woman earlier shown on television being carried away by rampaging waters in Isabela province.

    Search teams of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) found Labios’ body in Barangay Dipangit in Jones town.

    Reports said that Labio went to check her hut by the river bank at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday when she was swept away by floodwaters.

    NDRRMC executive director Eduardo del Rosario said the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported that the remains of Labios was recovered Tuesday night.

    The number of missing fishermen, on the other hand, decreased from nine to three after those missing in Bolinao, Pangsinan were found on Tuesday.

    Two other dead bodies were recovered in Barangay Estevez, Casiguran, Aurora. They were identified as Samson Dimante and Romeo Gonzales.

    Del Rosario said that initial damage estimates on infrastructure reached P115.721 million while damage to agriculture was pegged at P700.783 million for a total of P815.504 million.

    Among those damaged were 27 roads and 13 bridges in Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Also, 41,163 families or 186,378 people were affected in 74 barangays, 77 municipalities and five cities in 16 provinces of Regions 1, 2, 3, 5 and CAR.

    Meanwhile, 66 barangays in Region 3 were flooded; three in Nueva Ecija, Bataan, 1; Bulacan, 26; Pampanga, 14; and Zambales, 22.

    The provinces of Aurora, Cavite, Zambales and Quirino have been declared under a state of calamity.

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