‘Glenda’ death toll rises to 94

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

MANILA -- The death toll from Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) that barreled through Luzon and Visayas last week continued to increase, with 94 fatalities as of Sunday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its 6 a.m. Sunday update, the NDRRMC said the fatalities were from the National Capital Region (2), Central Luzon (8) in Calabarzon (67), Mimaropa (5), Bicol and Eastern Visayas (6 each), and Iloilo (1).

NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan said most of the victims drowned and were hit by fallen trees, electric posts, and collapsed wall.

The number of injured persons also increased from 308 to 317 while six are still missing.

Typhoon Glenda ravaged a total of 111,372 houses in the regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and National Capital.

The NDRRMC said among the displaced individuals are 97,055 families or 518,765 persons. The families are staying in at least 1,264 evacuation centers.

Typhoon Glenda
Sea gypsies known as "Badjaos" rummage through the debris after Typhoon Rammasun struck the coastal village of Bajaoan, in Batangas city, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Manila, Philippines Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo)

Glenda crossed the country on July 16 with winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 185 kph, affecting more than 300,000 families or over one million individuals.

Due to the strong winds generated by the typhoon, electric posts were knocked down causing blackout to several provinces.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said power supplies in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija have been fully restored while operations in Calabarzon and Metro Manila are still ongoing.

Clearing operations are continuous as 12 roads and three bridges remain impassable due to incurred damages and flooding, the NDRRMC said.

Glenda destroyed more than P6.4 billion worth of agriculture and more than P1 billion worth of agriculture.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Henry, the eighth storm to enter the Philippines this year, maintained its intensity as it moves closer to Eastern Samar.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m., Henry was spotted at 420 kilometers east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

The typhoon is packed with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Typhoon Henry
(Source: Pagasa)

Pagasa said Bicol region and Visayas will be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

It added that Metro Manila, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Caraga, Zamboanga peninsula and northern Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The state weather bureau said Henry is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday. (Third Anne Peralta/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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