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Pang of Red Cross had reported that Cagayan de Oro and Iligan accounted for at least 434 of the deaths.
The military said Sendong claimed 212 lives in Iligan City and 447 remained missing.
“The affected area is so wide and huge and I believe they have not really gone to all areas to do a search. Also… many of the houses were washed out so that means the houses and the bodies were displaced,” said Pang.
The Red Cross is reporting the number of Sendong casualties based on actual dead bodies sent to funeral parlors.
Gordon said Mindanao is not usually a typhoon prone area and residents were caught unprepared, mostly shocked by the flashfloods that swept away their belongings and source of livelihood such as crops and live stocks.
While floodwater has subsided, many families still remained at the evacuation centers while they try to fix and clean their damaged homes from thick mud.
People were sleeping when the floods came at dawn on Saturday, Dec 17. The waters receded quickly.
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It dumped 142 millimeters of rainfall in 12 hours. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) considered this “super heavy rainfall.”
Almost 35,000 people remained huddled in evacuation centers after the storm, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.