Hurricane death toll in Philippines crosses 140; Mayors plea for food – Henry’s Club

The death toll in the worst storm to hit the Philippines this year has risen to at least 146, and the governor of one of the island provinces particularly affected by Hurricane Rai said there could be even more undeclared devastation. ,

Arthur Yap, the governor of Bohol province in the central Philippines, said 72 people were killed, 10 others missing and 13 injured, and suggested that the deaths could still rise significantly as only 33 of the 48 mayors shut down communications. Have given. Was able to report back. Officials were trying to confirm a large number of deaths due to landslides and widespread flooding elsewhere.

in statements posted on FacebookYap ordered more than 1.2 million people in his province to invoke his emergency powers to secure food packs for a large number of people with drinking water. Both were immediately searched in many inaccessible cities.

After engaging in a military aerial survey of cities devastated by the storm, Yap said, “It is very clear that the damage from Bohol is huge and widespread.”

He said the initial inspection did not include the four cities that experienced thunderstorms in the Central Island provinces on Thursday and Friday. The government said about 780,000 people were affected, including more than 300,000 residents who had to evacuate their homes.

The disaster-response agency, the national police and local officials had reported at least 64 other deaths from the typhoon. Most of the trees and walls were affected by falling, flooding or being buried in landslides. Authorities in the Dinagat Islands, one of the southeastern provinces previously hit by the typhoon, reported 10 separate deaths in some cities, bringing the total to 146 so far.

President Rodrigo Duterte flew to the region on Saturday and promised 2 billion pesos ($40 million) in aid. He met with officials in the city of Maasin in southern Leyte province, where he was born. Duterte’s family later relocated to the southern city of Davao, where he served as mayor for a long time before rising to the presidency.

“The moment I was born into this world, I told my mother, ‘Let’s not stay here because this place is really prone to thunder,'” Duterte told officials.

At its strongest, the typhoon packed sustained winds of 195 kph (121 mph) and 270 kph (168 mph), making it a disaster-prone archipelago in recent years. Became one of the most powerful to hit, which is a lie. Between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.

Flood waters rose rapidly in Bohol’s riverside town of Lobok, where residents were trapped in their roofs and trees. They were rescued by the Coast Guard the next day. An official on the Dinagat Islands said the roofs of almost all homes, including emergency shelters, were either damaged or completely blown up.

Power went out in at least 227 cities and towns, which has been restored in only 21 areas, officials said, adding that three regional airports were damaged, two of which are closed.

The typhoon deaths and widespread damage before Christmas in the largely Roman Catholic nation brought back memories of the devastation caused by another hurricane, Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record. It affected several central provinces, which were looted last week, killing more than 6,300 people in November 2013.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of the Philippines on Sunday, referring to the “storm that destroyed many homes”.

About 20 hurricanes and tornadoes occur in the Philippines each year. The archipelago is also located along the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, making it one of the countries most susceptible to natural disasters.