Woman swept away by river brings 'Labuyo' death toll to 7
MANILA – The death toll from typhoon "Labuyo" has reached seven, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
At a press conference, NDRRMC spokesperson Reynaldo Balido Jr. said the death toll rose to 7 after the woman who was swept by raging waters in Isabela was finally found.
Benny Labio's remains were recovered on Tuesday evening along the river banks of Barangay Dipangit in the municipality of Jones.
The 40-year-old woman was a resident of Barangay Masaya Sur in San Agustin. Labio was caught on camera sitting on the roof of her nipa hut waiting to be rescued from the rising floodwater from the Cagayan River.
The video footage also showed her and her nipa hut being swept away in the swollen river. Rescuers failed to save Labio as the water current was too strong and no rescue boat was immediately available.
Labio's remains were brought to the Cadiz Funeral Homes for autopsy.
The NDRRMC earlier reported two fatalities in Cebu and one each in Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quezon and Aurora.
Three fishermen in Camarines Norte and a man from Batanes remain missing.
Meanwhile, Balido said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) aims to finish road clearing operations in Aurora in one week.
He also dismissed reports that the residents of Aurora were not prepared for the typhoon, saying a preemptive evacuation was carried out and that the destruction of properties was inevitable given the typhoon's strength.
Balido said the NDRRMC may soon downgrade their alert level from "Red Alert" to "Blue Alert." He said this means that the number of personnel on standby will be halved.
Damage to agri, infra
The NDRRMC said the cost of damages in agriculture and infrastructure due to the typhoon is now at P816.5 million pesos.
The agriculture sector of the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley Region and Central Luzon lost P700,783,154 following the typhoon's onslaught.
In terms of agriculture, Quirino province took the most beating, losing P180,279,550 in rice, P23,548,500 in corn and P4,888,330 in high-value crops.
Infrastructure damage, on the other hand, was placed at P115,721,300. The province of Aurora, where the typhoon first landed on Monday morning, sustained the largest damage in terms of infrastructure at P93,501,300.
The entire province of Quirino and three towns in Aurora declared a state of calamity in the wake of the typhoon.
The typhoon displaced 15,011 people and damaged 3,750 homes. A total of 186,378 people were affected by the typhoon in 16 provinces.
Some 27 roads and 13 bridges remain impassable as of 5 a.m. today, while 13 areas still have no power.
At least P2,667,026 worth of assistance has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units and non-government organizations.