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Cosme death toll reaches 58; damages exceed P4B

May 26, 2008 1:30pm
MANILA, Philippines - The death toll from tropical storm "Cosme" rose to 58 while the damage to property breached the P4-billion mark, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Monday.

In its latest report, the NDCC counted 58 dead and 29 injured, with most of the fatalities from Pangasinan and La Union provinces in Ilocos.

According to the NDCC report, Pangasinan had 45 fatalities while La Union had eight. In Zambales, four people were also killed, while a lone fatality was recorded in Benguet .

Damage to property was estimated at P4.058 billion, including P3.629 billion to agriculture, P429.356 million to infrastructure, and P432.577 million to school buildings.

At least 43,365 houses were destroyed while 118,830 were damaged, NDCC said.

Some 259,618 families or 1,392,102 persons in 1,477 villages in 73 towns and seven cities in five provinces in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Cordillera were affected.

The NDCC said assistance extended so far has reached P116.843 million. - GMANews.TV
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