'Agaton' deaths still rising, now at 70

Posted at 01/31/14 1:06 PM

MANILA – The death toll from tropical depression "Agaton" is now at 70, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said 14 died in Agusan del Sur, 11 in Compostela Valley, 10 in Davao Oriental, 9 in Agusan del Norte, 8 in Misamis Oriental, 6 in Dinagat Islands, 3 each in Misamis Occidental, Surigao del Norte, and Davao Del Norte, 2 in Surigao del Sur, and 1 in Zamboanga del Norte.

The NDRRMC said 86 others were injured while 9 remain missing.

Rains spawned by Agaton triggered at least 16 landslides, six flash floods and two maritime incidents in the affected areas.

Almost two weeks of intermittent rains affected at least 244,344 families or 1,148,621 persons, with 49,420 persons still inside evacuation centers.

At least 9 roads and 2 bridges remain impassable. Some 1,585 houses were totally destroyed while 1,897 others sustained damage.

The cost of damage to infrastructures and agriculture is now at P566,714,173.23.