'Gener' leaves 10 dead, 2 missing

Posted at 08/01/12 12:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Rains and strong winds brought by typhoon “Gener” (international name: Saola) left 10 people dead and 2 others missing, officials said on Tuesday.

According to the latest bulletin of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC), 2 people in Benguet were killed in a landslide.

They were identified as Prisca Pacyaya and Clinton Idio.

The other casualties were identified as Ieyan Hayo, Ernest Flores, Teodoro Flores, Bernald Buzon, Merly Datinguinoo, Danieles Hipolito, Ronald Necor and Renante Cimafranca Jaucaulan Jr.

Two fishermen from Ilocos Sur, identified as Edgardo Barrey and Jeric Barrey, remain missing.

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said more than 145,000 individuals were forced to evacuate their homes due to the heavy downpours that battered parts of the country for the third day in a row.

"It will take about four or five days for the waters to recede, assuming the rains stop now. But if it continues to rain, then naturally, these floodwaters will get even higher," he told Agence France-Presse.

Due to the floods, schools in some areas in Manila and in nearby provinces were called off Tuesday, but employees were forced to wade in floods to report for work, officials said.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said rains will persist for the next five days as the typhoon moves further away from the country.

Gener is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday as it head slowly northward to Taiwan, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers an hour near its center.

The state weather bureau said about 20 storms slam into the country from the Pacific every year, causing heavy casualties and damage. -- With Agence France-Presse