Recovery from 'Pablo' may take years, death toll rises to 1046, damage at P24.2-B

The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) rose anew Tuesday, even as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the recovery process may take not just months but years.

NDRRMC head Benito Ramos said much work is needed to repair the damage brought by Pablo, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported Tuesday.

Ramos was also quoted in the report as saying they still expect the figures on loss to life and property to go up as field reports continue to come in.

On Tuesday morning, the NDRRMC said the death toll from Pablo was at 1,046, only 648 of whom are identified. At least 2,662 were injured while 841 remain missing.

The NDRRMC also said Pablo had affected 701,257 families or 6,203,991 people in 2,911 villages in 312 towns and 40 cities in 34 provinces.

Of these, 6,608 families or 25,953 people are staying in 63 evacuation centers.

At least 10 bridges and one road remain impassable while 36 areas are still experiencing power interruption.

The NDRRMC said damage caused by Pablo was estimated at P24,222,823,528.07, including P7,822,986,310 in infrastructure and P16,350,605,805.07 in agriculture. —KG, GMA News