UPDATE: Typhoon Pablo’s death toll now over 600

THE number of fatalities from Typhoon Pablo continues to rise and have already breached the 600 mark Sunday, reports from National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Reports released by the NDRRMC late Sunday afternoon has said that fatalities from Typhoon Pablo rose to 620 mostly from Davao regions while 1,448 persons injured and 817 still remain missing.

The NDRRMC reports added that 69 persons, mostly from the flood and landslide stricken New Bataan town in Campostela Valley, have been rescued by search and rescue teams.

More than 1 million families or about 5.4 million persons have been affected by Typoon Pablo from eight regions, mostly in Mindanao, the NDRRMC reports said.

The reports added that cost of damage left by Typhoon

Pablo increases to P6.4 billion with the agriculture sector sustaining the most damages with P3.6 billion while damage to infrastructure was pegged at P2.8 billion.

Typhoon Pablo has also destroyed or damaged a total of 67,779 houses in the regions of Caraga, Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Davao, the NDRRMC said in the reports.

The NDRRMC reports added that there are now 50 towns, cities and provinces in at least five regions in Visayas and Mindanao have been placed under state of calamity by the government.

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