Iligan, Cagayan de Oro prepare for mass burials of flood casualties; death toll now at 927

Interaksyon.com, citing National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Benito Ramos, reports that the mass burial of tropical storm Sendong’s casualties pushed through in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan late Monday afternoon (December 19). The move was made since caskets had run out and funeral parlors could not immediately accomodate the deceased.

Interaksyon.com, citing National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Benito Ramos, reports that the mass burial of tropical storm Sendong’s casualties pushed through in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan late Monday afternoon (December 19). The move was made since caskets had run out and funeral parlors could not immediately accomodate the deceased.

 

The report noted: "The number of casualties continued to mount with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reporting that as of 6:30 p.m. on Monday (December 19), a total of 713 people were killed, while over 500 others remain missing. PRC secretary general Gwen Pang said  a total of 346 people were reported killed in Cagayan de Oro City while 279 more died in Iligan." The PRC added that 563 people are still missing.


The report also revelealed that Bukidnon registered 47 deaths; three from Zamboanga del Norte; nine from Lanao del Norte; five from Compostela Valley; and one from Surigao del Sur. In Negros Oriental, 36 people were reported killed.

 

Meanwhile, an ANC report posted on ABS-CBNNews.com at 3:14 a.m. today (Tuesday, December 20), cites data from the NDRRMC, which places the death toll at 927.

 

For more on this story, log on to Interaksyon.com or watch the ANC  video clip posted on ABS-CBNNews.com.

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