‘Usman’ death toll up

January 02, 2019
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CALL FOR HELP. Towns in Eastern Samar were among the worst hit by tropical depression Usman, with residents struggling to cope with the devastation caused by floods. League of Municipalities Northern Samar President and San Roque Mayor Don L. Abalon is calling for donations to help the affected families and communities.

THE death toll from the onslaught of tropical depression Usman had climbed to 85 as of yesterday, the injured had risen to 20 while the missing remained at 40 in MIMAROPA, and in Regions 5 and 8, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

NDRRMC spokesperson Edgar Posadas said the number of casualties was still being verified by the agency.

Most of the fatalities were people buried by landslides.

An update issued by the NDRRMC at around 6:00 a.m. yesterday showed that a total of 45,348 families or 191,597 persons were affected by Usman in 457 Barangays  in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 5 and 8.

Of the number of affected families, 6,637 or 24,894 persons were being served in 170 evacuation centers while 12,132 families or 54,665 individuals were outside designated evacuation centers.

Power was already restored in 55 of 104 areas that experienced power interruptions.

The NDRRMC also reported that a total of 208 areas were flooded due to heavy rains brought by Usman.

A total of P342,233,565.24 worth of damage to agriculture in Region 5 was recorded.

A state of calamity was declared in the province of Albay and in Sorsogon particularly in Bulan, in Oriental Mindoro including Calapan City and the municipalities of Baco, Naujan, Socorro, Pola, Pinamalayan, Bansud and Bongabong.

As of Monday, Usman was no longer affecting any part of the country but northeast monsoon will continue to bring cloudy skies with light rains, over the Regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and  Central Luzon.