Over a thousand people have died, while hundreds still remain missing in the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo’s destruction, Benito Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief said on Sunday, December 16. Those missing number 844, about half of them fishermen who set out to sea before Pablo hit. The worst natural disaster to hit the country in 2012, Pablo is feared to exceed the over 1,200 confirmed dead after Typhoon Sendong (Washi) hit Mindanao in December 2011. The NDRRMC had estimated damage to crops and public infrastructure at P7.16 billion, with large tracts of coconut and banana trees flattened. “They did not expect this intensity. The last time (this part of the country) got hit by a strong storm was 1912,” Ramos said.
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