'Seniang' death toll in Central Visayas rises to 21

January 3, 2015 9:42 am 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 3 — The death toll of tropical storm "Seniang" in Central Visayas rose to 21, with 12 others injured, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 7 said.

Three persons, including two in Cebu and one in Bohol, are still missing.

They are Ace Faunillan, one month old, and three-year-old Joyce Bahinting, all of Ronda in southern Cebu; and Gilbert Vito of Inabanga, Bohol.

The OCD 7 said Seniang destroyed 93 houses and damaged 63 others in the region.

This displaced 115 families or 562 individuals in Cebu and Bohol.

Two bridges in Cebu and Bohol remain impassable after they were destroyed by floodwaters caused by torrential rains spawned by Seniang.

These are the Dumlog Bridge in Sibonga, Cebu and the Makapiko Bridge in Batuan, Bohol.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 on Friday started the installation of a Bailey bridge to connect to the Dumlog bridge in Sibonga, Cebu after its approach was washed away by rampaging floods.

The work may take a week, officials said.

Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. pegged the damage in southern Cebu to reach P1 billion.

He believed that this may increase once they receive data from the municipalities.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said he has asked Malacañang to extend assistance to southern Cebu towns affected by tropical storm Seniang.

Davide said he texted President Benigno C. Aquino III to ask for financial assistance for Seniang survivors.

Davide said the President assured him that the National Government will help.

Davide said the Province still has to submit a damage assessment report to the National Government so that financial assistance can be released. (PNA)

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