Glenda death toll 94; Henry in PHL waters

Posted on July 21, 2014

THE DEATH TOLL due to typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) has climbed to 94, as of the latest official data at 6:00 a.m. of Sunday, July 20.

A woman sells meat by candlelight in Manila on July 17. Millions of people in the Philippines were without power that day after a ferocious typhoon paralyzed the capital and several parts of the country. -- AFP
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also said 317 were reportedly injured and six remain missing almost five days after the typhoon made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday evening, July 15.

The figures are still expected to change as reports continue to come in from different agencies.

“We are expecting to finalize [a] report sometime this week,” NDRRMC Spokesperson Romina M. Marasigan told BusinessWorld in a phone interview.

Typhoon Glenda swept through central and southern Luzon region with peak winds of 150 kilometers per hour, leaving streets littered with branches, electric poles and other debris in its wake.

The storm also shut down much of Luzon, with the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the biggest power-service provider in the National Capital Region and surrounding areas, taking days before it could normalize operations.

The NDRRMC estimated infrastructure damage at P1 billion, according to reports from Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII and Metro Manila.

Damage to agriculture is now pegged at P5.3 billion as of this reporting, including damages to rice and corn yields and other high-valued crops, as well as livestock and agricultural facilities.

As of Sunday, 10 provinces and municipalities have declared a state of calamity including Obando in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Albay, Camarines Sur, Naga City and Samar.

Meanwhile, typhoon Henry (international name: Matmo), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 6:00 a.m. of Friday, July 18, was last spotted 500 kilometers east of Legazpi City Sunday late afternoon, according to state weather bureau PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration).

Henry is packing winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon was forecasted to move at a steady pace of 15 kilometers per hour at a northwestern direction.

Henry will be closest to Luzon island Tuesday early morning, July 22, according to PAGASA.

It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. -- Alden M. Monzon