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‘Cosme’ leaves 37 dead, P3.5B in damage–OCD

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By Joel Guinto
Agence France-Presse,
First Posted 10:22:00 05/21/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm “Cosme” (international codename: Halong) has left 37 people killed and 16 others injured, and caused P3.5 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Wednesday.

The casualty count and damage estimate rose sharply after the NDCC received reports from hard-hit Pangasinan province, where the storm made landfall over the weekend.

Twenty-eight people were killed in Pangasinan, seventeen of them from debris sent flying by strong winds, nine from drowning in floods or swept away by strong river currents, one by electrocution, and one from snakebite.

Six deaths were reported in La Union province, two in Zambales province, and one in Benguet province, the NDCC said.

Still in La Union, 16-year-old Warlito Abat remained missing after strong currents swept him away.

The storm caused a total of P3,496,523,780 in damage, P3,327,620,780 of this to agriculture, P149,666,000 to school buildings, and P19,237,000 to infrastructure, the NDCC said.

In the Ilocos region alone, which includes Pangasinan, the storm left P3,264,833,180 in damage to agriculture, P116,116,000 to school buildings, and P15,492,000 to infrastructure, it said.

The storm damaged the following power lines in Pangasinan: 69-kilovolt Manaoag-San Jacinto-Mangaldan, 500-kilovolt San Miguel-Kadampat, 69-kilovolt Guiling-Calasiao, and the 69-kilovolt Labrador-Bani, Labrador-Binmaley, and Labrador-San Carlos, it said.

In La Union, the storm damaged the 60-kilovolt Bauang-Agoo-Tibion line, and the 230-kilovolt Bauang Labrador line, it said.

In Zambales, the 230-kilovotl Botolan-Labrador line and the 230-kilovolt Masinloc-Kadampat line, it said.

Six roads were impassable due to floods as of late Tuesday afternoon: the Benguet 1st-Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya and the Mt. Province-Cagayan Road in the Cordillera Administrative Region, the Calasiao Old Route in Pangasinan province, the Cabagan Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge in Isabela province, and the Candoni-Sipalay Road in Negros Island.

Floods, landslides, and storm surges affected 1,000,694 people, of whom 1,378 were in evacuation centers. In Pangasinan alone, 793,106 were affected, with 130 still in evacuation centers.

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