MANILA, Philippines – Fearing for their lives, up to 86,900 persons fled to evacuation centers on the first day that Typhoon "Pablo" battered southern Philippines. But this did not guarantee zero deaths as the government initially targeted.
Pablo has claimed at least 76 lives, based on authorities' figures Wednesday, December 5. The typhoon could kill more people as it passes over Palawan, on its way out of the Philippines.
In Compostela Valley, people died after flash floods and landslides ravaged their communities. Two of these deaths involve a 20-year-old mother and her 11-month-old baby, whose house a landslide buried.
Rappler correspondent Karlos Manlupig sent us these photos from Compostela Valley:
With the help of contributors, Rappler gathered images that depict the destruction wrought by Pablo. Here are some of these: