Powerful typhoon Rai that lashed the Philippines last week has spiked the death toll to 375. Apart from this, 56 people are still unaccounted for.
Philippine National Police`s (PNP) latest report said
The increase of casualties is subject to validation from the affected regions,
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported –
the typhoon has affected close to 1 million people and displaced 442,424 residents.
the initial estimate of damage to agriculture is 118.28 million pesos ($2 million) and 225.17 million pesos ($4 million) to infrastructure.
On Monday, NDRRMC officially reported 58 deaths while only four of the victims have been confirmed. 18 people were still missing.
Defense Secretary and NDRRMC Chairman Delfin Lorenzana said –
We are still assessing the damage, but it is huge. The typhoon levelled the entire community to the ground, no electricity, water, and food,
I have directed the armed forces to deploy all available assets such as ships, boats, aircraft, and trucks to bring relief goods to the stricken areas and the deployment of troops if necessary,
NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said-
29 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Siargao Island that is famous for surfing.
The tourists have been identified, and they are in good condition,
Rai typhoon lashed the Philippines for 3 days. It first slammed into Siargao Island ff the eastern coast of Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.
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Rai caused destruction in the central and southern Philippines region, including some areas in the main Luzon island by causing flooding and landslides.
Bohol is one of the hardest-hit areas in the central Philippines by typhoon Rai. On December 16, the typhoon first slammed the Philippines.
Rai typhoon sparking comparisons to the damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 leaving over 7,300 people dead or missing. In the Philippines, most of the cyclones develop between July and October.