Typhoon Pablo claims 4 lives in Bukidnon

Bukidnon Updates

BUKIDNON ONLINE – Four people in the Province of Bukidnon died due to Typhoon Pablo (international code name: Bopha). According to the report of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arsenio Alagenio to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Thursday, December 6, 2012, Typhoon Pablo claimed 4 lives in Bukidnon. A public storm signal number 3 was declared in Bukidnon.

In Barangay San Isidro, Valencia City, 6-year old Roniel Brandares was hit by a fallen coconut tree. He was declared dead on arrival at a local Valencia hospital. In Talakag, officials identified the casualty as 41 year old Oscar Diandoy, a resident of Dagundalagon, Talakag. The other two victims were identified as Ramonito Bongcasan of San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, and Gino Sagayna of Malitbog, Bukidnon.

According to Alagenio, Typhoon Pablo made landfall in Bukidnon last December 4, 2012 at around 10:30 AM. Electricity, water supply, Internet and mobile networks were either intermittent or unavailable. Until now, lots of areas around Bukidnon still do not have access to electricity and water. School and work were also suspended when Typhoon Pablo hit Bukidnon.

The Bukidnon provincial council has declared a state of calamity. During the SP session covered by Bukidnon Online, Bukidnon Vice Governor Jose Zubiri, Jr. said that roughly Php 126 Million calamity fund is available. Zubiri clarified, however, that there is still a need for various government agencies to finalize their reports as those presented before the SP last Thursday were still partial.

According to officials, the Quick Response Fund of roughly Php 20 Million will be used to quickly address the needs for relief goods.

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