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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


More dead bodies recovered in Misamis Occ shores

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- At least six (6) more dead human bodies in advanced stages of decomposition were recovered from the shores of Misamis Occidental while nine (9) others in the same condition were recovered from the shores of Zamboanga del Norte, days after the onslaught of Typhoon Sendong.

This brings up to 1,388 the number of accounted dead bodies who were believed victims of ‘Sendong,’ of which only 837 were identified, as of yesterday, Jan. 12, Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said.

Data gathered by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, also show that 737 of the dead bodies were from Cagayan de Oro City, 693 were from Iligan City and 45 were from Bukidnon.

Caňeda, who is the Chairperson of RDRRMC-10, said their data also show that 5,889 were injured during the onslaught of TS Sendong, but only 138 of them were identified.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been cited as government cluster lead, with Dr. Tammy Uy as focal person, in the Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) Cluster.

As of Jan. 5, the DVI Team has taken a total of 243 specimens for DNA testing, gathered 214 specimens for ante mortem data and processed and buried 200 unidentified bodies in Cagayan de Oro City.

It has also taken a total of 121 specimens for DNA testing, gathered 118 specimen for ante-mortem data and processed and buried 128 unidentified bodies in Iligan City, as of the period. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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