'Gener' death toll continues to rise

Posted at 08/04/12 3:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The number of casualties left by tropical cyclone “Gener,” continues to rise, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its 6 a.m. update on Saturday, NDRRMC said the death toll now stands at 41, mostly due to drowning.

Majority of the casualties were from Region 3, where 8 people have drowned.

They were identified by the NDRRMC as Arcanghel Vicoy, Crisanto Rapusol, Winnie Capiles, Efren Salvacion, Patrick dela Rosa, CJ Marco Carlos, Justine Francisco and Angel Ocampo.

Five people are still reported missing. They were identified as:

• Jerry Turo, 18 (Benguet)
• Venice Sinopen, 9 (Ilocos Sur)
• Vicente dela Rosa, 73 (Pangasinan)
• Renz Reyes, 14 (Olongapo City)
• Alfred Gumban, 19 (Iloilo)

NDRRMC also said 35 others were injured, mostly due to fallen trees.

The damage left by the storm is estimated to cost more than P15.2 million, authorities said.

Gener battered Luzon and Visayas, causing massive floods in several provinces.

It also enhanced the southwest monsoon, which brought heavy rains all over the country.

Gener was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved away from the country on Thursday.

The state weather bureau said it is now monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) that is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility over the weekend.

The weather disturbance will be named “Helen” once it develops into a tropical depression.