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PIA Press Release
2008/06/29

Latest tally: "Frank" leaves 14 dead, 21 missing, 25 injured, 707,375 persons affected

Tacloban City (June 29) -- The latest update released by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council at 5:00pm yesterday disclosed that 14 persons have been confirmed dead, 21 remains missing, 25 injured and about 707,375 persons in Region 8 were affected, due to the onslaught of typhoon Frank.

Police Regional Office 8 Director, General Abner Cabalquinto who is the chairman of RDCC in Region 8 said that typhoon Frank affected about 164,611 families in the Region, left 33,556 houses totally destroyed and 131,033 houses partially damaged.

All those who died due to typhoon Frank were from the province of Leyte which appeared to be the most hardly hit in the Region. Among those confirmed dead were three persons from Barangay Kambungan, Baybay City; three from Barangay Imelda, Matag-ob town; two from Leyte town; one from Barangay Libertad, Kananga town; one from Olot, Tolosa; one from Barangay Guindapunan, Palo; one from Tacloban City; and one from Baybay City.

Most of the casualties died because of drowning due to flooding. One of the victims died of electrocution at the height of the typhoon while another one died while crossing a swollen river.

The 21 persons who remain missing eight days after Typhoon Frank hit the Region are 10 from Tacloban City; 2 from Hernani, Eastern Samar; 2 from Abuyog, Leyte; 2 from Liloan, Southern Leyte; 2 from Malitbog, Southern Leyte; 1 from Kananga and 1 from Tomas Oppos, Southern Leyte.

Most of those injured are from Eastern Samar with 15; Biliran province with 6; Catbalogan with 3 and Abuyog had one injured person.

In terms of the number of persons affected, Tacloban City had the biggest with 69,335; Carigara, Leyte got the second biggest number of persons affected with 42,840; Guiuan, Eastern Samar with 32,935; and Merida, Leyte and Basey, Samar, each of which have about 30,000 persons affected.

The respective local government units and the concerned government agencies continue to take care of the immediate needs of the affected families in their respective areas of jurisdiction. (PIA 8) [top]

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