THE death toll from powerful typhoon Ulysses yesterday rose to 53 with 52 injured and 22 still missing as of press time, the Philippine National Police headed by General Debold M. Sinas said.
Of the 53 fatalities, 17 are from Cagayan Valley; 12 from Calabarzon region; 9 from Cordillera region; 6 from Bicol region; 6 from Central Luzon; and 3 from Metro Manila.
Of the 52 injured, 25 are from Region 5; 16 from Region 4-A; 9 from Region 3; and 2 from Cordillera region.
On the other hand, of the 22 reported missing, 8 are from Bicol; 7 from Cordillera region; 3 from Calabarzon; 2 from Cagayan Valley and 1 each from Metro Manila and Central Luzon.
A report to Gen. Sinas said that 133 policemen were also affected by the typhoon after their homes were flooded. However, there was no reported casualty from the police force.
The PNP also reported that two of its buildings at the Police Regional Office 4-A in Calabarzon region were damaged along with one equipment.
As of yesterday, Sinas said his men are still leading the conduct of search, rescue and relief operations in devastated areas in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon which were swamped by floodwaters as much as 2 stories high in some areas.
As of press time nearly 118,000 affected residents have been rescued by the police, around 51,000 of them in Bicol; nearly 28,000 in Calabarzon region; over 20,000 in Central Luzon; and more than 16,000 in Metro Manila.
At least 1,000 policemen are now manning evacuation centers in hard-hit areas.