84 people still missing because of Typhoon Conson

15:59, July 16, 2010      

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A fishing boat floats on its side after slamming into a barge as bodies of 21 fishermen lost at sea are searched by divers from the Philippine Coast Guard in Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines, July 15, 2010. The fishermen's bodies were found floating in the waters a day after their fishing boat capsized due to big waves brought by strong winds from Typhoon Conson. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

At least 84 people are still missing in the Philippines following the onslaught of Typhoon Conson on Wednesday, the state's disaster control body said on Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, at least 39 people were reported to have died while 147.5 million pesos (3.18 million U.S. dollars) worth of properties were damaged, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

But NDCC has already lowered its alert to blue from red as the situation has already began to normalize.

Overall, NDCC executive officer and concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said the effects of Conson were "very minimal" compared with that of Ketsana that ravaged the country in September 2009.

Typhoon Ketsana left hundreds of people dead, destroyed billions of pesos worth of property and has severely affected Philippines' agriculture sector.

"Though stronger, (Conson) did not bring more rainfall than that of Ketsana, hence resulting in minimal destruction," Ramos said.

Source: Xinhua


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