Sendong death toll now more than 650, says Red Cross

ABS-CBNNews.com, citing data from the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), reported on Sunday, December 18, that the "death toll from the mammoth floods unleashed in the Philippines by tropical storm Sendong (international name: Washi) has climbed to more than 650." The data was posted on the PNRC’s Twitter page at 6 p.m. that day.

ABS-CBNNews.com, citing data from the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), reported on Sunday, December 18, that the "death toll from the mammoth floods unleashed in the Philippines by tropical storm Sendong (international name: Washi) has climbed to more than 650." The data was posted on the PNRC’s Twitter page at 6 p.m. that day.

 

The report revealed that PNRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang told ANC that "at least 8,000 families have been affected (in Mindanao), with Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City accounting for most of the numbers." Pang also explained to international news agency AFP that the death toll "only covered the bodies that were sent to funeral parlors." She warned that "many more bodies could be found."

 

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), "rescue and relief efforts were hampered by power outages in many areas as well as by damaged and destroyed bridges."

 

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