Pablo leaves 29 dead in Davao Oriental


Posted at Dec 04 2012 10:20 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2012 06:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) has killed at least 29 people in Davao Oriental province, police said Tuesday.

Twenty-three people died in Cateel town alone because of a flash flood caused by a storm surge, provincial police director Supt. Romil Mitra said.

He said 95 others were injured.

Initial reports said an evacuation center collapsed in the town.

Three were killed in Caraga, and 3 died in Banganga, Tarragona, and Manay, according to Mitra.

Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon Malanyaon said based on the provincial government's data, 33 have died in Cateel alone because of drowning.

More than 2,000 others lost their homes and have nowhere to evacuation center to go to.

Malanyaon is seeking help from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. - reports from Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao; Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News; dzMM