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'Pablo' death toll breaches 900 mark, over 600 remain missing - NDRRMC

Funeral procession in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. AFP FILE PHOTO

InterAksyon.com
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MANILA, Philippines - The death toll due to typhoon Pablo has breached the 900 mark while over 600 are still missing more than a week after the typhoon ravaged Visayas and Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its Thursday bulletin, the NDRRMC placed the death toll from the typhoon at 902 and could reach a thousand as 635 remain missing. Of the dead, 567 have been identified. The NDRRMC said most of the reported deaths were in the badly hit provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

The NDRRMC said that 296 of the more than 300 missing tuna fishermen from General Santos City have been rescued by Task Force Maritime Search and Rescue SarGen and to date, only 14 persons remain missing in General Santos City.

As of this time, close to 80,000 persons are staying in evacuation centers after the typhoon damaged or destroyed their homes.

The NDRRMC also reported that several roads in New Bataan, Compostela Valley remain closed to traffic. 

Thirty-five areas including western Misamis Oriental and eastern Misamis Oriental; Boston, Baganga, and Cateel in Davao Oriental; New Bataan in Compostela Valley; Lingig, Bislig, and Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur and Carmen in Agusan del Norte still have no electricity.

Damage from the typhoon has soared past P14 billion, the NDRRMC said.