By Mary Judaline Partlow
At least 36 people, including children, were reported dead and 13 others still missing while thousands families were left homeless as tropical storm “Sendong” dumped heavy rains that triggered flooding in many areas in Dumaguete and other parts of Negros Oriental on Saturday.
Casualties included those carried away by flashfloods or died due to drowning in Valencia, Dumaguete and Sibulan and other areas in the province as police authorities say the number could still rise with many reports of missing persons.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), however, are still collating data from different towns and cities that have been affected by the typhoon that has left a trail of devastation in many parts of Negros Oriental.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the latest report from the PDRRMC said of the 36 deaths, three were from Dumaguete City; two from Bacong; two in Valencia; 13 in Pamplona; one each from Pamplona, San Jose, Tanjay and Siaton; and 14 from Sibulan.
Thirteen others were reported missing, to include six persons in Siaton, five in Valencia and two in Sibulan.
An estimated 2,000 households have been displaced by “Sendong,” to include 40 in Amlan and 50 in Sibulan as of this writing. Many of those affected have lost their houses and personal belongings to unprecedented flooding and are now staying at various evacuation centers.
The official death toll could not yet be confirmed as reports reaching the PDRRMC from local government units were coming in slow with some cases reported twice. Authorities could not also immediately give a ballpark figure as to the extent of the damage brought about by tropical storm “Sendong,” but many officials believe it would run to the millions of pesos.
Some areas are still without water and electricity as of Monday, with utility firms saying they had to disconnect supply to these places to avoid putting the public at risk of electrocution or contaminated water.