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‘Sendong’ death toll soars to 652; US, China offer aid By Mario J. Mallari and Michaela P. del Callar 12/19/2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

‘Sendong’ death toll soars to 652; US, China offer aid

By Mario J. Mallari and Michaela P. del Callar 12/19/2011

The death toll from tropical storm “Sendong” has climbed to 652 with 808 others missing in Northern Mindanao region, particularly the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro which were hit by massive flash floods during the wee hours on Saturday triggered by heavy rains, disaster officials yesterday said.

Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said their own count stood at 516 deaths and 274 missing. But he conceded that the death toll would likely go higher.

Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross, in a statement, also warned the numbers could climb further..... MORE

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