#GlendaPH death toll rises to 89

Natashya Gutierrez
#GlendaPH death toll rises to 89
Six provinces, 3 towns, and one city are under a state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines – Laguna evacuated the most number of people in Region IV-A – more than 200,000 – before Typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) hit the province, but in the end, it had the second highest number of deaths, shocking disaster managers of the province. (READ: Checklist on what LGUs should do during disasters)

“We were surprised! It was the most intense movement of our people,” said Jun Guidote, Laguna Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM), referring to the massive preemptive evacuation that was enforced.

The powerful typhoon that hit parts of Luzon left 17 people dead in Laguna, according to a report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Saturday night, July 19.

The death toll rose to 89, based on the NDRRMC list, topped by Quezon Province with 21 casualties.

Heavily battered by Typhoon Glenda, Region VI-A, which includes the affected provinces of Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, and Rizal, suffered the most deaths – at least 62, according to the NDRRMC.

Region III had 8 casualties, Region VIII (5), Region IV-B (5), Region V (6), National Capital Region (2), and Region VI had one death.

Albay province was again able to achieve its “zero casualty” goal, according to Governor Joey Salceda.

DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. The strongest typhoon to hit the country yet since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Glenda claims 89 lives and damages more than 111,300 houses.

What went wrong?

In Laguna, the main causes of the deaths were “unusual” – head trauma and injuries – caused by flying debris and falling trees, according the Guidote.

“People were overwhelmed. Some went out of their houses despite the strong winds,” Guidote told Rappler.

In previous typhoons, the main cause of death was drowning, but this was prevented when Glenda struck because of the preemptive evacuations, according to Guidote.

The PDRRM chief said the province will improve its disaster preparedness drive by also enhancing the awareness of the public about the dangers of strong winds. (READ: #GlendaPH: Know the hazards in your area)

“We need to reimphasize in our disaster risk reduction and management orientation that during typhoons, people should stay inside their houses so that they will not be endangered,” Guidote said.

According to the NDRRMC, more than 300 people were injured during the typhoon.

RESILIENT. A family in Lipa, Batangas rebuild their house after it was blown away by the strong winds of Typhoon Glenda.

The strongest typhoon to hit the country yet since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Glenda damaged more than 111,300 houses. It also caused nearly P1.3 billion in damage to infrasructure and destroyed more than P6.2 billion worth of crops, livestock, and agricultural facilities. (VIEW: Project Agos Disaster Information Map)

To date, 6 provinces, 3 towns, and one city were placed under a state of calamity. – Rappler.com


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