Glenda death toll rises to 64, more than P5B in damage
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The death toll of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) rose to 64, according to the latest bulletin of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
According to the council's July 18, 4 pm bulletin, 64 people died as a result of the typhoon, 5 remain missing, while at least 103 were injured.
The council said close to 900,000 people were affected by the typhoon, of which half a million were displaced and moved to evacuation centers.
Typhoon Glenda, which has already made its way outside of the Philippine area of responsibility, packed maximum sustained winds of up to 140 km/h and gusts of up to 170 km/h.
Glenda, the first typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines this year, passed through the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, National Capital Region (NCR), Cavite, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan and Pampanga.
The full list of reported deaths due to Typhoon Glenda follows:
Power outages still
Disrupted power transmission remains an issue almost two days after Glenda left the Philippines. The NDRRMC said in its latest update that transmission lines in the Bicol province – composed of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate – are still down.
The provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, as well as 65 municipalities and cities in the Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Eastern Visayas and the National Capital Region, are still reporting power interruptions.
Infra, agri damage
The typhoon proved lethal to agriculture as the NDRRMC tallied over P4.5 billion (US$103.9 million) worth of damage to rice, corn, high-valued cash crops, livestock, and agricultural facilities in Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol and the Cordillera Administrative Regions.
Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Eastern Visayas and NCR, meanwhile, reported P1.01 billion ($24 million) in infrastructure damage.
Several provinces and towns have since been placed under a state of calamity. According to the NDRRMC, they are:
- Camarines Sur
- Naga City
- Obando, Bulacan
Camarines Norte, Cavite, Tabaco in Albay, and Muntinlupa City in NCR have also since declared a state of calamity, allowing the local government to impose a prize freeze on basic commodities. – Rappler.com