Hundreds dead, missing in Mindanao flashflood

MORE than 100 people were killed and hundreds more missing from flashfloods caused by Typhoon Sendong that swamped and ravaged Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City and parts of Zamboanga del Norte early Saturday morning,

The flashfloods had caused panic among residents that are fleeing for their lives while rampaging waters swept away homes and paralyzing transportation and communications.

Military chief, Lt. Gen. Jesse Dellosa told President Benigno Aquino III during an emergency meeting in Camp Aguinaldo that 92 persons have died due to flooding in Cagayan de Oro City.

But the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) could only confirm 56 people dead while validation of other deaths were being verified.

Latest data sent by the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) showed that 125 persons remained missing in Cagayan de Oro, where  23 villages were affected by the floods.

The whole city is still without power, the reports said.

In Iligan City, the military’s Western Mindanao Command confirmed that at least 40 persons were dead and at least 260 missing.

Aquino went to  Camp Aguinaldo this morning to convene the NDRRMC emergency meeting. He directed secretaries Dinky Soliman of DSWD and Jesse Robredo of DILG to render all the assistance needed.

Sendong has gathered strength and is now threatening Palawan, the state weather bureau said in its latest reports to the NDRRMC.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Sendong was last tracked at 180 kilometers west of Dumaguete City with maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness up to 90 kph. Sendong is moving west northwest at 30 kph.

Storm signal number 2 was hoisted over Palawan, Southern Negros and Zamboanga del Norte. Storm signal number 1 was raised over Cuyo Island, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Northern Negros, Zamboanga del Sur, and Misamis Occidental. Anthony Vargas


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