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Lando leaves one dead, one injured in South Leyte

Tacloban City (November 21) -- Typhoon Lando left one dead, another one injured, knocked down power lines and toppled down trees, and totally damaged about 8 houses due to fallen trees, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council of Southern Leyte through the Philippine Information Agency Southern Leyte reported.

The dead person was reported to be a devotee from Baybay, Leyte who together with his fellow devotees were on their way home from paying homage to Hanginan Patron Saint San Francisco, when he/she was fatally hit by a fallen branch of Gemelina tree. The report from the PDCC did not identify the gender or the name of the victim.

The injured was reported to be driving a motorcycle on his way home when he was hit by a falling gemelina tree. His identity was not stated in the report.

Governor Damian Mercado who is the chairman of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, with the reconstituted composition called for a meeting Tuesday morning to assess the damage brought about by tropical depression Lando.

Governor Mercado expressed his desire to strengthen the province's disaster preparedness, mitigation and control capability as he called on all the mayors in to reactivate their respective municipal disaster coordinating councils. The council will meet every quarter except when there are matters that need immediate attention, Gov. Mercado said. He said that in emergency cases, the mayors may approach him any time.

Governor Mercado also said that he has already signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Food Authority that the province will be able to withdraw rice from NFA in times of emergency. (PIA 8/PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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