BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN NATIONAL – The death toll of the recent storm that hit the country has now climbed to 39 according to the report made by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of Thursday, December 29.
The NDRRMC said Northern Mindanao has maintained its status as having the highest number of fatalities, which has now reached to 21 deaths, while other areas are as follows: Bicol Region, 6 deaths; Zamboanga Peninsula, 4 deaths; Davao Region, 4 deaths; Eastern Visayas, three deaths and Caraga Region, 1 death.
Based also in the report gathered by the provincial offices of the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council, the damage to agriculture has already reached P228.3 million while P110.4 million for infrastructure damage in flood-hit areas around the country.
The shear line-driven storm which resulted in heavy downpour reportedly hit Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and some parts of Luzon, particularly the Bicol Region.
Of the 39 fatalities, the highest number of casualties was recorded in Misamis Occidental with 18 people dead, while other casualties were also recorded in the Bicol Region with 6 fatalities; 3 in Region 8; and 2 in Region 9.
In a progress report made by the Office of Civil Defense – RDRRMC Operations Center based in Cagayan de Oro City and furnished to MDNN by Regine James, Operations Center Duty Personnel – the identities of those who died in Misamis Occidental were already known, and they were: Fe Sencil, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental; Felicidad Dangcalan, 68, Jimenez, MisOcc; Mark Lester Dampas, 20, Tudela, MisOcc; Jestoni Lapat, 27, Tudela, MisOcc; Elenita Calamian, 43, Brgy Mialem, Oroquieta City; and Mario Sambiog, 70, Brgy Mialem, Oroquieta City.
Seven other reported fatalities but still to be confirmed by DOH include Risalyn Traya Dado, 6, Aloran, MisOcc; Hernan Estacoja Caimor, 75, Aloran, MisOcc; Eudesia Dayon Regalado, 87, Aloran, MisOcc; Rito Regañon Malinis, 59, Aloran, MisOcc; Wilfreda Abelo Acle, 74, Pines, Oroquieta; Luchi Maisling, 38, San Vicente, Oroquieta and Florentino Gabule, 53, Pines, Oroquieta.
But according to the national office of the NDRRMC on Wednesday, only four fatalities have been confirmed, while 25 other fatalities are still to be validated and confirmed by DOH, report said.
The NDRRMC also said 407,224 individuals or a total of 105,971 families were affected by the rains, floods caused by the shear line-driven storm that hit Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and parts of Luzon.