Labuyo toll now 7; Damage up P932-M

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(UPDATED) The provinces of Aurora and Quirino, and the towns of Candelaria, Sta Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales, are all under a state of calamity

AURORA AFTER LABUYO. A handout photograph dated and released 13 August 2013 by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows areas affected by Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) in Aurora province, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo by EPA/NDRRMC

MANILA, Philippines (2ND UPDATE) — The toll from Typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor) is now 7, while 5 people are still missing in Luzon, the government said Wednesday, August 14.

Benny 

The remains of 40-year-old Isabela resident Benny Labio was found Tuesday evening (August 13), after she was swept along the raging Cagayan River, bringing the toll to 7, the National Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) reported in its 3 pm situation report.

Labio was the woman being swept along the river as she clung to her house, shown on footage by ABS-CBN News. Rescuers were not able to reach her at that time because of the strong currents.

Prior to this, the toll was pegged by the NDRRMC at 6 after the bodies of Samson Dimante and Romeo Gonzales were recovered in Brgy Esteves, Casiguran, Aurora.

Five others are still missing. Three fishermen missing in Bolinao, Pangasinan were found Tuesday, August 13.

Seven people are also listed as injured, the NDRRMC added.

Aurora and Quirino, and the municipalities of Candelaria, Sta Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales, are all under a state of calamity.

The NDRRMC said 45,249 families (204,627 people) have been affected by Labuyo across 16 provinces in Regions I, II, III, V, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Out of these, 2,641 families (11,855 people) are in 57 evacuation centers across Luzon.

Damage to infrastructure and agriculture rose to P932,338,895.66 as of 3 pm Wednesday. The figure rose after damage to agriculture was pegged at P722,425,595.66.

A total of 5,868 houses were damaged across the 5 affected regions.

The NDRRMC added flooded areas in Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Bulacan have subsided. Barangays in Candaba, Guagua, and Macabebe in Pampanga though remain flooded.  – Rappler.com