'Pablo' death toll rises to 322 - NDRRMC

Posted at 12/06/2012 1:47 AM | Updated as of 12/06/2012 1:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – At least 322 people have been reported dead with hundreds more missing due to typhoon “Pablo."

At least 401 people were also reported hurt after the typhoon toppled trees and ripped off roofs of thousands of homes with 210 kilometer per hour gusts.

The typhoon also brought heavy rains, triggering floods in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 229,734 persons were affected.

As of Wednesday night, NDRRMC said 167,294 people or 35,603 families are temporarily seeking shelter in 372 evacuation centers in Visayas and Mindanao.

Initial assessment of Pablo’s damaged was placed at P178,340,500, but executive director Benito Ramos noted that the cost is expected to increase.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday visited New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, where flashfloods killed at least 87 people dead and more than 300 missing.

More than a hundred people were also reported killed in Davao Oriental, where Pablo made landfall Tuesday morning.

'Pablo' to exit PAR Friday

Storm warning signals in Visayas and Mindanao have been lifted as typhoon “Pablo” continued to move away from the country.

However, storm warning signal number 3 is still up in Luzon, particularly in northern Palawan and the Calamian group of islands.

Signal number two is raised in the rest of Palawan while signal number 1 is up over Occidental Mindoro.

Weather bureau PAGASA said the typhoon was last spotted 180 kilometers northwest of Roxas, Palawan.

It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

Pablo, the 16th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday. -- Reports from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM; Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse