Death toll from bad weather reaches 33

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Manila, Philippines – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported Thursday that the number of deaths from the effects of bad weather due to a low pressure area, shear line and the northeast monsoon since Jan. 2 has increased to 33.

In its latest bulletin quoted by the Philippine News Agency, the OCD said these fatalities are from 13 regions — Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Out of this figure, 18 have already been confirmed — eight from the Zamboanga Peninsula; seven from Eastern Visayas; two from Northern Mindanao and one from Davao Region.

They are still vaildating the remaining 15 — six from Northern Mindanao; five from Bicol; three from Zamboanga Peninsula and one from Soccsksargen.

The number of injured and missing persons are 12 and seven, respectively.

Families affected by bad weather are placed at 412, 339 which is equivalent to 1,678,440 individuals.

Displaced families are estimated at 65,311 or around 266,349 persons.

Some 1,672 houses were damaged while the amount of damage to infrastructure and agriculture is placed at PHP206.9 million and PHP414.3 million.