Death toll from rains reaches 47

FLOODS and landslides brought by nearly a month of continued rains in eastern and southern Philippines have already killed more than 40 persons and have caused P1.5-billion damages to agriculture and infrastructure.

This was contained in the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRMMC) issued today.

It said the death toll has reached 47, with four still missing and eight others injured.

The most number of fatalities came from the Caraga region with 20 deaths, followed by the Eastern Visayas region with 12 and the Bicol regions with five, the NDRMMC report said.

It added that total damage cost have reached P1.552 billion with damages to roads, bridges and other infrastructure reaching to P1.083 billion while P417 million worth of crops and other agricultural products lost.

Around 268,079 families or about 1,388,830 persons were affected by the floods and landslides, the report said.

The NDRMMC said the Caraga region has the highest number of affected families or persons with 112,096 families or 601,804 persons affected followed next by the Bicol region with 43,868 families or 223,548 persons affected. Anthony Vargas

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