Seniang death toll climbs to 55

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Tropical Storm Seniang (international name: Jangmi) has reached 55 as of Saturday evening, January 3, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In its 8pm bulletin, the NDRRMC added in its list of casualties a 66-year old female from Cebu, pushing up the death toll from 54 as of Friday. The cause of her death was unidentified in the NDRRMC report.

NDRRMC also said a total of 41 individuals were injured while at least 8 people remained missing in areas affected by the typhoon.

Seniang entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, December 28 and left the country on Friday, January 2. The storm brought 'unprecedented floods' in Bohol and other surrounding provinces. 

NDRRMC data also show that a total of 5,167 families sought refuge in 83 evacuation centers in areas affected by the typhoon.

The storm caused at least P4.9 million worth of damage to agriculture in Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Compostela Valley, and at least P69.8 million worth of damage to infrastructure in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

As of the latest bulletin, a total of 40 passengers, four vessels and 7 motorboats are still stranded due to bad weather. Also, 25 roads and 19 bridges remain impassable in Regions VI, VII, VIII, X, and Caraga. –