'Santi' floods & landslides kill 12; P35 M in initial agri and infra damages in Bicol

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

By Mar S. Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov.3 — At least 12 people died due to drowning in the floods spawned by Typhoon Santi that hovered over the Bicol peninsula over the weekend bringing heavy rains while initial damages on agriculture and infrastructure were estimated to reached hundreds of millions, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said Tueaday.

OCD reported that 11 villagers in Camarines Norte and a resident in Catamduanes died due to either drowning or hypothermia.

Heavy rains pelted the region triggering floods and landslides in several towns in the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur.

Landslides hit the village in barangay Bulala, Sta. Elena town in Camarines Norte while sporadic landslide closed the road network in barangays Tocao, Dariano, Milabiga and Maysuram all in Caramoran town in Catanduanes.

The Philippine Navy and Philippine Army evacuated to the safer grounds some 2,288 families living in flood, lahar, landslide prone areas across the region.

OCD report said that pre-emptive evacuation save the lives of at least 1,987 families in Albay, 46 families in Camarines Sur, 165 families in Camarines Norte and 90 families in Catanduanes from the dangers of flooding and landslides.

Bernardo Alejandro, OCD regional director, said that Camarines Norte was the hardest hit area in Bicol by Typhoon Santi with an initial P35 million in damages to agriculture and infrastructure.

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in Bicol lifted the travel suspension order after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) lifted the storm signals in Bicol and allowing some 2,712 stranded passengers, 67 trucks, 47 cars, 41 busses, 11 sea vessels to sail to their respective destinations.

In Albay, Gov. Joey Salceda said some 1,987 families or 10,332 people were directed to decamp from their evacuation centers after Pagasa lifted the public storm warning. (PNA)

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