Sendong: 600 feared dead in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Bukidnon, Negros
The death toll in the devastating flash floods in Cagayande Oro, Iligan and other parts of the Philippines has risen dramatically to 440, government and RedCross officials.Some of the worst affected areas included Cagayan de Oro City, which reported 215 dead, and nearbyIligan city, which lost 144 residents, Philippine National Red Cross secretary-general Gwen Pang toldAFP.Pang said 21 persons also died in Negros Oriental, five in Compostela Valley, three in Zamboanga delNorte and at least one in Surigao del Sur.As of 9:30 p.m., 162 people were still missing, 147 of whom are in CDO.Red Cross appealed to the public to donate food and non-food items, hygiene kit, water container andpurification solution, temporary shelter and medicine.The death toll is expected to rise as funeral parlors in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities are beingoverwhelmed by the sheer number of dead bodies coming in as a result of the flashfloods caused bytyphoon ³Sendong,´ indicating that the number of fatalities is much higher than what is officially beingreported by authorities.A check by InterAksyon.com of at least three funeral parlors in Cagayan de Oro City indicate thatmore than 300 dead bodies had been brought to them since disaster struck early morning Saturday.One funeral parlor, Bollozos, said it has more than 200 bodies for processing but that they stoppedcounting at 200, according to Chona Soler, a staff of the parlor in charge of counting the remains.DSWD says it has P29.31M standby funds, relief supplies for µSendong¶ victimsSomo Funeral Homes had 60 bodies while Cosmopolitan had only 17. Bollozos had the most numberbecause it is the cheapest funeral homes of the three.Ryan Somo, manager of Somo Funeral Homes, said they are having problems in embalming the deadbodies since there is still no running water. ³It is difficult if we can¶t embalm these dead bodies rightaway because these could be sources of diseases and with no running water, this task will be evenmore difficult for us,´ Somo told InterAksyon.com Saturday.
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