65 dead, 200 injured in northern Cebu: Gov. Davide


Posted at Nov 16 2013 12:19 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2013 08:19 PM

MANILA – Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III is heading north on Saturday to reach out to towns in the province which have yet to receive relief goods following the wrath of super typhoon "Yolanda."

"There are still some barangays na di pa naabutan ng mga relief goods," he said.

Davide said that among the most hit areas are the Bantayan Island, which is composed of the towns of Madridejos, Bantayan and Sante Fe; the Camotes Island (Poro, Tudela, San Francisco and Pilar); 8 towns in mainland, and one city.

"We're coping. Yung mga kailangan tubig, food and shelter and there are foreigners already coming. In fact, there are foreign doctors in the north assisting our provincial health officers there," he said.

The governor said that they suffered 65 fatalities, while over 200 were injured, and thousands left homeless.

Although power could be back online in one month's time, it may still take three months for electricity to be restored in the island towns.

The local government is also preparing makeshift homes for displaced residents.

He said the Provincial Board has approved the release of funds for affected towns for construction materials for those who lost their homes.

"We'll do our best to address the housing problem as soon as we address the problems sa pagkain, power, and communications sa affected towns," he said. -- With ANC