CAMP PANACAN, Davao City – Two days after Typhoon Pablo, said to be the strongest this year, hit Davao region, hundreds of dead bodies were retrieved and thousands of homeless people were left distressed on how to start anew.
In Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province alone, the provinces affected the most, death toll mounts to 327 as torrential rains and flash floods coupled with mud and debris of fallen trees struck residents Tuesday evening.
A report from 10th Infantry Division and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) revealed that New Bataan, Comval has the most number of reported dead with 90 bodies recovered of which only 58 were identified to include that of four army troopers from 66th Infantry Battalion. “There were 147 injured including 17 soldiers (from 66th IB) in this municipality”, 10th ID spokesperson Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza said. He added that 341 are still missing to include seven soldiers of said unit, who were on rescue mission, was not spared.
In Comval, a total of 199 dead bodies were laid down to include other municipalities such as Laak with two dead, four injured and one missing; Mabini, four dead; Maragusan three dead and four injured; Monkayo with 55 dead, 12 injured and eight missing; Montevista with 10 dead and 10 injured; Mawab with no casualties other than 29 injured; Nabunturan with nine dead and four injured; Maco with three dead and four injured; Pantukan with two dead and one missing; and in Compostela with 21 dead, 13 injured and four missing. The injured in said province rose to 227 while reported missing mounts to 355.
The province of Davao Oriental has 128 cadavers, most of which were drenched in mud, while injured totalled 151 and 21 were accounted missing. In its municipalities Cateel has the most number of casualties with 59 dead, 95 injured and 13 missing; followed by Baganga with 31 dead, 51 injured and 13 missing; Boston 27 dead; Caraga with nine dead, five injured and one missing; while Manay and Tarragona was reported with one dead each.
According to Paniza, as of 11:00 a.m. Thursday there were a total of 378 injured and 376 reported missing in both provinces.