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19 dead, eight missing after typhoon Mitag
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13:18, November 28, 2007

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A total of 19 people have been confirmed dead while eight others were missing due to typhoon Mitag's onslaught, the Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Wednesday morning.

The report said that according to the Department of Public Works and Highways, a total of 162,017,000 pesos (3.79 million U.S. dollars) worth of infrastructure were damaged by the storm while the Department of Agriculture estimated the storm's damage to crops at 109,648,281 pesos (2.56 million dollars).

Meanwhile, the Department of Education said school buildings damaged by the storm amounts to an estimated 210,825,000 pesos (493 million dollars). Local government also reported 3,733 damaged houses due to Mitag's lashing.

The NDCC also reported that the storm affected 120,607 families or 552,344 people in the country.

The latest bulletin from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mitag was moving slowly over the Philippine Sea.

A separate bulletin, meanwhile, said tropical depression Hagibis has crossed Bicol, the east Philippines and continued moving eastward at 24 kph to the Philippine Sea.

Weather forecasters said Hagibis will move near Okinawa, Japan on Saturday morning.

Source:Xinhua



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