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Typhoon casualties in C. Luzon mount

By Fred Villareal | Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:01am
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga —At least 14 people were killed and 33 injured when a powerful typhoon roared across central Luzon last week, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said on Wednesday.

Damage to crops and infrastructure was estimated at more than P3 billion as Typhoon Santi brought heavy rains and floods that submerged highways, town centers and agricultural farms.

“A total of 876,179 people in 59 municipalities and seven cities in Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga and Zambales were affected by Santi’s wrath,” the RDRRMC statement said.

Typhoon Santi moved out of the country on October 13. But it left wide areas with electricity for several days.

The floodwaters subsided after a few days. But people were stranded in many areas because roads and bridges were destroyed and government crews had to clear the highways of uprooted trees and debris.

RDRRMC said a total of 44,151 houses were damaged in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Aurora, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and Nueva Vizcaya.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said more than P84 million of relief goods composed mainly of food packs and bottled water were distributed in the affected areas.
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