Posted by engsol1500 earlier Sunday / 11.10.09
After typhoon Ondoy
, which claimed lives of about 150
, I was not expecting that things could get worse. Apparently, the typhoon after Ondoy, Pepeng, was causing more devastation in the northern part of the country.
This still have to be confirmed but I heard from a friend yesterday that the major roads to one city in the north, Baguio City, was destroyed, disrupting rescue and relief operations...
Death toll from 'Pepeng' rises to 264; dozens more missing
GMANews.TV - Sunday, October 11
The death toll from tropical depression “Pepeng" rose to 264 Saturday aft
ernoon as rescue workers dug up more bodies of missing people, reports from police and relief agencies said.
Of the total, 222 were killed in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), mostly from landslides
, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Chief Inspector Tessie Sarmiento, spokesperson of the CAR police, said at least 141 people have so far been confirmed dead in Benguet province, while the figure in Baguio City rose to 50.
Twenty-eight bodies were recovered in Mt. Province, and one each in Abra and Ifugao.
The figure is expected to rise further as total of 53 people have yet to be found in Baguio, Benguet and Mt. Province, police said.
The number of injured people due to floodwaters and landslides totaled 71, with 48 coming from Benguet, 13 from Baguio City, six from Mt. Province, and two from Abra.
A report of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said 34 more deaths were reported from La Union, five in Pangasinan and one in Ilocos Norte.
Pepeng-related deaths earlier reported include two in Camarines Norte in the Bicol region, and one in Nueva Ecija.
On Sunday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is scheduled to visit Baguio and Benguet
. On Saturday she was in the Cagayan Valley region to inspect typhoon damage. Storm signals lifted as ‘Pepeng’ moves farther away.
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Roads and damage Baguio remained isolated on Saturday as the three major roads
that link the upland resort city to lowland provinces— Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road — were closed by landslides
Buad Bridge and Manila North Road
Km 211+109 at the boundary of La Union and Pangasinan collapsed
. In Pangasinan, motorists going north were advised to take the following detour routes: Camiling Road going to Dagupan, Lingayen, and Binmaley; and Urdaneta and Binalonan going to Manaoag. In Zambales, floodwaters have subsided
in the towns of Iba, San Miguel, and Botolan. Vehicles can now pass through the Carael Highway. Preliminary reports of damage caused by Pepeng totaled P5.08 billion, including P1.08-worth of infrastructure, and P3.99-billion worth of agricultural products. Damage to private property amounted to P2.77 billion. Some 20,700 houses were damaged, 1,796 of them destroyed and 18,196 partially damaged, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
Even at nightfall on Saturday, rescuers were still digging up for possible survivors in landslide-hit villages in the Cordilleras. Relief operations, meanwhile, were in full blast in evacuation centers all over Pangasinan and other places where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by floods.
continued to be experienced in some areas in Ilocos Norte due to damaged cable wires and fallen trees.
was noted in the towns of Santa, Magsingal, San Juan, Cabugao, Sinait, Lidlidda and San Emilio.
At least one major road and 51 secondary roads and 11 bridges had been affected due to floods, landslides and mudslides
. - GMANews.TV
I noticed two positive pieces of news here: "Storm signals lifted as ‘Pepeng’ moves farther away" and "In Zambales, floodwaters have subsided .."
Now is the time where help from the outside world is really needed - with all these losses of human lives and damage to houses and infrastructure. A lot of reconstruction is needed.
I checked the Text TV from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany without finding anything about the situation in the Philippines or otherwise in Southeast Asia. As Peter (Tonsu) wrote: The press media quickly moves on to focus on other news - and often the news are infotainment = a mixture of information and entertainment.