Philippine death toll from typhoon Megi rises to 19

18:28, October 21, 2010      

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The number of casualties and cost of damages incurred from super typhoon Megi continued to rise, with the number of fatalities now at 19, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Thursday.

The number of injured also rose to 28. There are now 5,428 families or 23,127 persons in evacuation centers in northern Philippines.

The estimated cost of damages to property is pegged at 4.83 billion pesos (111.03 million U.S. dollars), most of which were crops and farmlands that were destroyed by Megi's heavy rains.

National Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Officer Benito Ramos said they expect the figures on casualty, affected population and cost of damage to rise in the succeeding days as they get more reports from field offices.

Ramos said the national government, local government units, non- government and government organizations have provided 12.2 million pesos (269,315 U.S. dollars) to help the typhoon victims.

Source: Xinhua


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