Storm Wukong leaves 13 dead in Philippines

December 30, 2012 - 1:43:25 am

 

MANILA: Thirteen people have died from storm Wukong (locally named Quinta) in Panay island and Leyte, while six others remain missing.

The dead are Warlito Lutero and Erlinada Almorante of Janiuay town; Mark Angelo Bayotas of Barotac Nuevo; KC Lozada of Lambunao; Jonal Deretso of Bingawan; Benedicto Castor of Calinog; Jocel Suterio of Zarrag of Iloilo; Frederick Fardriga of Sto Angel, Dumalag, Capiz; and Nilo Ikawalo and Romeo Edoreta of Malinao, Aklan, according to Rosario Cabrera, Western Visayas Office of Civil Defence head.

In Leyte, a family of three died when an uprooted tree crushed their house.

The civil defence head said that five people who were trying to cross rivers and creeks in Panay at the height of the typhoon remain missing.

Four of them were identified as Christian Olivar of Dumalag, Capiz; Samson Barredo of Barotac Nuevo; Onad Leysa of Calinog, Joel Meija of Zarraga.

Cabrera said they were swept away as the river overflowed in San Miguel in Iloilo.

The Iloilo provincial government has placed several flood affected areas under a state of calamity, including the towns of Passi, Bingawan, Janiuay and Dumangas.

Flooding has already subsided in Calinog and nearby areas.

In Capiz, floods affected 818 farmers from 73 barangays in seven towns, whose rice farms of 1,359 hectares were destroyed, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Benito Ramos, NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defence administrator, said Wukong’s flooding displaced a total of 4,944 families or 28,242 people from 48 barangays, 25 towns, five cities and five provinces in Bicol, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas.

Of this number, 2,614 families or 15,609 people are receiving food and non-food items amounting to around P250,000 from the government.

Power delivery in the Visayas is back to normal after transmission lines that Wukong had damaged were restored.

The Philippine star

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