Philippines storms Mega: Agathon death toll rises as hundreds of thousands displaced

Many died as a result of landslides and floods caused by the storm. went ashore on sundayhitting the eastern and southern coasts of the Philippines with sustained winds up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts up to 80 km/h (49 mph).

The National Council for Disaster Reduction and Management said at least 29 people were missing and eight others were injured.

More than 920,000 people were affected by the storm, more than 200,000 people were displaced, and more than 35,000 people were pre-evacuated, according to the council. According to him, there are about 660 evacuation points.

Agricultural damage caused by Megi, known in the Philippines as Agathon, was estimated at more than $8 million (PHP 423.8 million) as of Wednesday, double the amount reported a day earlier, the Department of Agriculture said. .

The department added that at least 6,557 farmers and 10,920 hectares of farmland were affected by the tropical storm, including rice, corn and livestock.

Among the most affected regions are Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Caraga.

In the eastern province of Leyte, the bodies of 22 people were recovered after they were buried under a landslide, Baibai City Police Chief Jomen Collado told reporters. earlier this week. “There were landslides in the settlements, and then some of the victims were washed away by the floods,” Collado said.

The mayor of Abuyoga in Leyte province wrote on Facebook that the landslide “destroyed” Pilar, a local barangay or district, in a “catastrophe that broke my heart.”

The landslide occurred even as preemptive evacuation efforts were underway, Lemuel Jean K. Traya said in a post.

“We have made every possible effort to save the people of Barangay Pilar. We managed to save and save some of the injured children, the elderly, the wounded and the injured.

“To date, the survivors are being treated and are being well cared for. On the other hand, all evacuees are safe and under our care.”

Images released by the local fire department on Monday show rescuers wading through water near partially flooded homes and digging for survivors in the area hit by the landslide.

Mega, which was downgraded to tropical depression on Monday, was the first storm to hit the archipelago this year. About 20 such storms occur annually in the country.

The Philippines is still reeling from the effects of Super Typhoon Paradise, the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2021. “Paradise”, known locally as Odette, has claimed more than 300 lives and injured more than 500 people, CNN affiliate Philippines reported, citing the Philippine National Police.

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