Neighboring provinces and cities send relief goods and volunteers
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from tropical storm Sendong continued to rise, even as authorities on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, noted a jump in the number of missing people.
Based on its 9 am report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the damage to property from Sendong breached the P1-billion mark.
As of Friday, the NDRRMC said the number of fatalities had gone up to 1,079 and 1,979 injured. But the number of missing people also went up to 1,079 compared to 51 as of 6 am Thursday. But NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos, in an interview over dzBB, said they have already lost count of the missing.
The NDRRMC also said Sendong had affected 102,899 families or 674,472 people in 766 villages in 52 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces. Of these, 13,090 families or 48,980 people are being served in 45 evacuation centers.
The estimated damage to property stood at P1,033,131,515, including P1,031,195,100 in infrastructure and P1,936,415 in agriculture.
At least 9,433 houses were destroyed while 18,616 were damaged. On the other hand, at least three bridges and three road sections in Central Luzon and Regions 10 and 11 remained impassable.
Meanwhile, local government units from SOCCKSARGEN, a neighboring region of the affected areas, extended relief and assistance.
Local government units in Saranggani sent responders and volunteer nurses, while South Cotabato released P1.5 million for relief.
Cotabato City was to send 10,000 bottles of water and relief goods, while General Santos CIty pledged P500,000 assistance each for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities. – Rappler.com