Saturday, July 30, 2011

Death toll in Philippines from Tropical Storm Nock-Ten storm rises to 50 - 30th July 2011

The death toll from a tropical storm that battered the Philippines earlier in the week rose to 50, as rescuers and aid workers penetrated hard-to-reach areas inundated by floods and blocked by landslides, the government said Saturday.

The Office of Civil Defence said 25 people remained missing and feared dead in the aftermath of the Nock-Ten storm, which caused heavy rain and triggered massive floods and landslides, especially in the eastern Bicol region.

The office said estimated damage to infrastructure and agriculture was 1.46 billion pesos (34 million dollars).

Aid workers and rescuers continued to deliver food and medicine and clothes to more than 700,000 people displaced by the storm which pummeled the country from Tuesday through Thursday

The weather bureau was closely monitoring another storm which approached on Friday and was moving toward the northern provinces.

The bureau said storm Muifa, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph, would remain at sea and would not likely make landfall in any part of the country.

However, it warned that the storm could generate more rain that could trigger floods and landslides. Source