Lando's death toll
reaches 30; damages hit Php 5 B
Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA, Oct. 20 (PNA) -- Thirty persons were killed while 36 others were
wounded and three missing persons due to the onslaught of typhoon Lando in
several areas of Luzon, separate reports from regional offices of the
Philippine National Police (PNP) and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD),
Lt. Edison Diaz, commander of Coast Guard Station Iloilo reported big waves
overturned a boat in Iloilo, killing eight persons.
Diaz identified the eight fatalities as CJ Gamutia, who was retrieved at
6:30 a.m. Tuesday from waters off Brgy Sawang, Buenavista, Guimaras.
The Office of Civil Defense -Cordillera Autonomous Region (OCD-CAR) reported
five fatalities: One in Bakun, Benguet who was buried by landslide; two in
Tinoc, Ifugao due to soil erosion and landslide; one in Tineg, Abra, who was
previously reported to be missing since he was swept by swollen river; and
one in Buguias, Benguet, who was drown after being swept away by creek.
The OCD in Region 1 reported two fatalities in Pangasinan who were pinned by
fallen trees. The Pangasinan police also reported that four persons were
drowned after their boat capsized at 4 p.m. Monday in Bani town. Their
bodies were recovered at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Baguio City police reported that two girls, aged seven and six,
died due to landslide.
In Central Luzon, OCD Region 3 reported seven fatalities: Three in Aurora,
two of whom were pinned to death by fallen trees while one died of drowning;
two were drowned in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija; one was electrocuted in
Moncada, Tarlac; one drowned and another pinned by collapsed wall in
Meanwhile, three missing persons were reported-- one due to boat mishap in
Iloilo, one carried away by swollen creek after falling off a hanging bridge
in Nueva Vizcaya, and one drowned in Laguna.
The OCD also said that 36 people were hurt: three from Quezon City due to
fallen tree; one in Nueva Vizcaya while trying to rescue sibling who fell
off a hanging bridge; three hit by fallen trees in Pangasinan; 27 in Central
Luzon, 14 of whom in Aurora, one in Nueva Ecija, 12 in Zambales and two in
CAR; one in Ifugao due to landslide; one in Kalinga who was hit by fallen
A total of 99,004 families, or 446,322 individuals were evacuated to higher
grounds: 3,467 / 15,954 (Ilocos region); 40,276 / 158,608 (Cagayan Valley);
53,891 / 266,125 (Central Luzon).
The National Disaster Reduction and Risk Management Council (NDRRMC)
reported that 191 families, or 680 persons were evacuated in Quezon and
Cavite. In Cordillera, a total of 1,179 families or 4, 955 persons were also
The OCD estimated initial damage to rice and corn crops, fishponds and other
fishery utilities reached Php 189.010 million (Region 3 with Php 4.651
million; Region 1 with Php 146.556 million, CAR with Php 27.732 million; and
Region 2 with Php 10.071 million).
Meanwhile NDRRMC figure as of Tuesday afternoon shows the death toll due to
tropical storm “Lando" nationwide reached 18 while 16 injured and one
missing in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A at CAR.
NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said that 88 road sections and 25
bridges were impassable in Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, and CAR.
He also said that a total of 1,078 passengers, 54 vessels, and 59 rolling
cargoes were stranded due to rough sea condition caused by tropical storm
He also noted that damages to agriculture in affected regions reached Php
Disaster officials, led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and Interior
and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, flew to Aurora province,
the hardest hit among provinces affected by "Lando, on Tuesday to personally
assess the devastation wrought by the typhoon.
Gazmin, who is also NDRRMC chairman, also oversaw the relief and
rehabilitation efforts in Aurora province.
Gazmin and Sarmiento’s visit on the ground came as the Offices of Civil
Defense in Regions 1, 2 and 3 reported that nearly a total of Php 5-billion
worth of fishery and agriculture products had been damaged or destroyed in
the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan,
La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and
Disaster officials said the damages were expected to rise as assessments
continued as infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and buildings
were excluded in the assessment. (PNA)