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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Typhoon Agaton's Death Toll Reaches 37

The death toll from the heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in Mindanao triggered by the Low Pressure Area (LPA) which is now tropical depression Agaton has risen to 37, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in Saturday Morning. Meanwhile, 65 people were reported injured and 7 are still missing. According to NDRRMC's situation report no. 13 re: Preparedness Measures and Effects of the Low Pressure Area (LPA) dated Jan. 18, 2014; 6 were reported dead in Compostela Valley, 1 in Zamboanga del Norte, 2 in Misamis Occidental, 9 in Davao Oriental, 1 in Davao del Norte, 6 in Dinagat Islands, 6 in Agusan del Sur, 3 in Agusan del Norte and 3 in Surigao del Norte. NDRRMC said that 11 people were injured in Compostela Valley, 2 in Zamboanga del Norte, 23 in Davao Oriental, 1 in Davao del Norte and 27 in Agusan del Sur. A total of 13 landslides, 6 flashfloods and 2 maritime incidents were recorded in Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga. More than 460,000 people or 97,705 families were affected in 15 provinces of Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga. Out of total number, 33,544 families or 162,502 people were displaced. The number of damaged houses has risen to 1,626 nearly half of which were totally destroyed. To date, 52 roads and 21 bridges are still impassable in Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga. Cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture has reached Php 256.167 million. Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, Local Government Units and Dept. of Health have so far provided Php 18.598 million worth of relief goods.      
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