NDRRMC: 'Pablo' death toll now at 540


Posted at Dec 09 2012 11:37 AM | Updated as of Dec 10 2012 01:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The official death toll from typhoon "Pablo" (international name Bopha) now stands at 540, with 1,088 others injured and 827 still missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday morning.

The NDRRMC also that the damage to agriculture is now at P3,605,778,737, while the damage to infrastructure stands at P2,510,263,310.

The Department of Agriculture added that more than 26,000 hectares of crops in 18 provinces were affected. This figure does not cover the damage to banana plantations and coconut trees, which are still being assessed.

The NDRRMC also reported that a total of 46,428 houses in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI and CARAGA were damaged.

On Saturday, President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity to speed up rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The President's declaration will also effectively control the prices of basic goods in typhoon-hit areas. - With ANC