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Typhoon Saola Leaves 41 People Dead in Philippines

August 7, 2012

Typhoon Saola has left the 41 people dead, 35 injured and four missing in Philippines, a senior government official said on Saturday.

Benito Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director, said that the weather disturbance also caused an estimated damage of 289.853 million pesos(6.93 million U.S. Dollars) on infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

While the typhoon had already left the Philippine territory, 49, 975 families or 279,968 individuals are still being served in different evacuation centers, and the state of calamity was declared in different areas during the height of the typhoon, he said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned 5.139 million pesos (122.8 thousand U.S. Dollars) standby funds and 35 million pesos (836.32 thousand U.S. Dollars) worth of relief supplies for the families displaced by Saola.

Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2012

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