'Pedring' death toll rises to 35; 45 missing


Posted at Sep 28 2011 11:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2011 07:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The death toll from Typhoon “Pedring” (international name: Nesat) climbed to 35, while 45 were reported missing on Thursday as floods submerged thousands of homes in the country.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 3 more residents reportedly drowned in Dampalit, Malabon City and 1 was hit by a fallen tree in Bauan, Batangas.

The most number of reported deaths occurred in Region 3, with 12 fatalities.

Forty-five others remained missing while 34 were injured.

Total damage in agriculture and infrastructure caused by the typhoon reached more than P1.1 billion.

In Region 3 alone, the damage was estimated to cost nearly P950 million.

A state of calamity has been declared in Malabon; Navotas; Obando, Bulacan; Isabela and Quirino in the wake of the disaster.

Some 103,852 families or 489,849 individuals in the country were affected by the typhoon, according to the NDRRMC. Of these individuals, 168,065 are staying in 386 evacuation centers.

Some 456 passengers, meanwhile, remain stranded in Camarines Sur, Batangas, Mamburao in Occidental Mindoro and Aparri in Cagayan.

The typhoon left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) around 1 p.m. Wednesday, weather bureau PAGASA said.

However, another tropical storm (international name: Nalgae) has entered PAR on Thursday morning.

The weather disturbance named “Quiel,” was spotted 1,240 kilometers east of Aparri in Cagayan.

PAGASA said Quiel, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 135 kph, is expected to intensify into a typhoon and hit the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela on Sunday. -- With reports from Jenny Reyes and Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News