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Typhoon Sendong victims reached over 1,000 casualties, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo donates salary

By on Dec 21, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Manila, PhilippinesTyphoon Sendong victims have reached to more than 1,000 casualties, as donations continue to pour including that from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy),
during his visit to the Cagayan de Oro City
Central School (CDOCS) evacuation center,
on Tuesday, December 20

Image Credit: Ryan Lim/MalacaƱang

According to GMA News on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the Sendong death toll has now reached to over 1,000.

“There are now over 1,000 casualties, 1,002, to be exact.” Benito Ramos, executive director of NDRRMC, was quoted telling to GMA News TV’s ‘On Call’ anchor Ivan Mayrina in an interview.

Mr. Ramos noted that the figure includes data from regions VII, IX, X, XI, ARMM and Caraga, which 650 of them came from Cagayan de Oro; 283 from Iligan; and 17 from Bukidnon, with thousands of others still missing.

The NDRRMC also reported that the cost of damage of infrastructure and agriculture in the country is almost P1 billion, affecting around 65,100 families, 3,581 houses totally destroyed, and hundreds of bodies still not identified.

As of this writing, search and rescue operation is still ongoing, with President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy) declaring a state of national calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

Meanwhile, overcrowded evacuation centers are reportedly causing health problems particularly to children since clean water is not sufficient and others are already staying in sidewalks.

Nevertheless, donations are still pouring as different groups and individuals here and abroad, sending cash and kind to organizations like GMA Kapuso Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), among others.

Among the noted donation came from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which donated P1 million as revealed by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, who said P100,000 is also allotted for its partner Gawad Kalinga.

On the other hand, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is still under hospital arrest at Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, was announced to have donated her salary.

Arroyo, 64, now a congresswoman in Pampanga, and members of the House minority bloc were said to be donating their salaries as a start of collecting donations for typhoon Sendong victims.

As noted by ABS-CBN also on Wednesday, Mrs. Arroyo noted that the donations will be given to charitable organizations chosen by minority lawmakers, including the Caritas, PNRC, among others.

Apparently, the troubled lawmaker appealed to the public to avoid extravagant Christmas parties and use the budget instead to support the victims of typhoon Sendong.

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