'Gener' death toll climbs to 26


Posted at Aug 02 2012 08:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 03 2012 04:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The onslaught of typhoon “Gener” has left at least 26 people dead and at least 20 others missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

NDRRMC executive director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said the body of Venice Sinopen, a grade three student who drowned in San Ramon Sigay town in Ilocos Sur, has been recovered.

Ramos said 2 persons, identified as Fernando Rellon and Jury Detagalzo, were killed after being crushed by fallen trees.

NDRRMC said the following people also died after being hit by uprooted trees:

• Mary Jane Lima, 24 (Silay City, Negros Occidental)
• Madeline Caminade, 48 (Arevalo, Iloilo City)
• Emelia Pasugiron (Bayawan City, Negros Oriental)
• Andrei Pasugiron (Bayawan City, Negros Oriental)
• Augusto Campo (Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental)

The other casualties were identified as:

• Prisca S. Pacyaya, 64 (Itogon, Benguet) – buried in landslide
• Clinton P. Idio, 15 (Tublay, Benguet) – buried in landslide
• Leyan Hayo, 28 (Mariveles, Bataan) – drowned
• Teodoro Flores, 40 (San Pablo, Laguna) – hit by a falling tree
• Angelito Bicoy, 59 (Quezon) – drowned

• Efren Salvacion, 41 (Obando, Bulacan) – drowned
• Patrick dela Rosa, 12 (Marilao, Bulacan) – drowned
• Ernest Flores, 60 (Alaminos, Pangasinan) – died during vessel accident
• Bernald Buzon, 35 (Rizal) – drowned
• Maria Datingginoo, 45 (Tingloy, Batangas) – drowned

• Danieles Hipolito (Bacoor, Cavite) – electrocuted
• Mariel M. Manzano, 11 (San Agustin, Romblon) - hit by a falling tree
• Edna R. Ibañez, 40 (Cajidiocan, Romblon) - hit by a falling tree
• Ronald Necor, 33 (Bugasong, Antique) – drowned
• Ricardo Eduque, 37 (Capiz) – electrocuted

• Renante Cimafranca Jauculan Jr., 10 (Dipolog City) – drowned
• Laga Gani Toni, 38 (Kabuntalan, Maguindanao) – drowned
• Datu Toni Jr., 1 (Kabuntalan, Maguindanao) – drowned

Meanwhile, four fishermen from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro previously reported missing have been rescued.

However, 21 others remain missing, according to Ramos.

Ramos also said 69,292 families or 331,588 persons were affected by Gener, which was later downgraded by PAGASA to a tropical storm as it moved away from the country.

As of Thursday afternoon, Batanes Group of Islands remains under Storm Signal No. 1.

Gener caused massive flooding in Luzon, forcing 2,664 persons or 12,000 persons to flee their homes and stay in 61 evacuation centers.

Ramos added that 2,786 houses were either destroyed or damaged by the Gener.

The damage to property was initially placed at more than P2 million but Ramos expects the figure to increase as damage assessments are ongoing.