Typhoon Dante's death toll rises to 27


Posted at May 06 2009 12:38 PM | Updated as of May 07 2009 05:24 PM

Typhoon "Dante" left 27 people dead and eight others missing in Bicol region, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said in a report Wednesday.

The NDCC said in its 8 a.m. report that 21 of the fatalities were from Sorsogon province, two from Camarines Norte, three from Camarines Sur and one from Catanduanes.

The agency said only four of the fatalities have not been identified by their relatives.

The NDCC added that eight people were still missing and five others were injured during the typhoon's onslaught in the region. The report also said that a total of 9,524 families or 86,576 persons were displaced by the typhoon.

The agency's report said "Dante" damaged P451,737,631 worth of crops and livestock in Albay, Camarines Norte, Masbate, and Sorsogon. The typhoon's damage to communal irrigation system was estimated at P102 million.

Weather bureau PAGASA said "Dante" has officially left the Philippines on Wednesday. However, the weather bureau said another typhoon, which will be named "Emong," may enter the country by nightfall or on Thursday morning.

PAGASA said the new typhoon may make landfall in Northern Luzon provinces.

The NDCC said its units around the country remain on alert for the new typhoon.