‘Gener’ death toll reaches 46

Posted at 08/05/2012 5:48 PM | Updated as of 08/06/2012 8:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Gener has left the country but not without massive destruction and deaths.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Sunday five more victims, bringing the death toll to 46.

NDRRMC executive director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said the fatalities include a father and his three children, all of whom died in a mudslide in Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday.

In Ilocos Sur, rescue workers retrieved the body of nine-year-old Venice Sinopen, whose body was swept days ago by strong water current in the town of Sigay.

Meanwhile, the number of affected population has increased to 190,196 families or 858,534 persons from the National Capital Region, Region I, II, III, VI-A, VI-B, V, VI, VII, IX, X,XI, XII, and CAR.

Of this number, only 3,258 families or 14,181 persons are in evacuation centers.

"There is an increase in number of affected families/persons but there is a decrease in the number of evacuation centers and in the number of families/persons inside the evacuation centers. As per DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), people have opted to return to their homes due to the improving weather situation," said Ramos.

Initial cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture was at P339.8 million.