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Philippine death toll from typhoon Megi rises to 19

2010-10-21 10:22:59 GMT2010-10-21 18:22:59 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

This aerial photo taken on Oct. 21, 2010 shows devastated houses in an area in northern Luzon region, Philippines, that was hit by super typhoon Megi. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III conducted an aerial inspection of areas directly hit by Megi on Thursday. Aquino also led the ceremonial turnover of tents care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Xinhua/Jay Morales)

This aerial photo taken on Oct. 21, 2010 shows a flooded area in northern Luzon region, Philippines, that was hit by super typhoon Megi. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III conducted an aerial inspection of areas directly hit by Megi on Thursday. Aquino also led the ceremonial turnover of tents care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Xinhua/Jay Morales)

This aerial photo taken on Oct. 21, 2010 shows devastated houses in an area in northern Luzon region, Philippines, that was hit by super typhoon Megi. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III conducted an aerial inspection of areas directly hit by Megi on Thursday. Aquino also led the ceremonial turnover of tents care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Xinhua/Jay Morales)

This aerial photo taken on Oct. 21, 2010 shows a flooded area in northern Luzon region, Philippines, that was hit by super typhoon Megi. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III conducted an aerial inspection of areas directly hit by Megi on Thursday. Aquino also led the ceremonial turnover of tents care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Xinhua/Jay Morales)

MANILA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The number of casualties and cost of damages incurred from super typhoon Megi continued to rise, with the number of fatalities now at 19, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Thursday.

The number of injured also rose to 28. There are now 5,428 families or 23,127 persons in evacuation centers in northern Philippines.

The estimated cost of damages to property is pegged at 4.83 billion pesos (111.03 million U.S. dollars), most of which were crops and farmlands that were destroyed by Megi's heavy rains.

National Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Officer Benito Ramos said they expect the figures on casualty, affected population and cost of damage to rise in the succeeding days as they get more reports from field offices.

Ramos said the national government, local government units, non- government and government organizations have provided 12.2 million pesos (269,315 U.S. dollars) to help the typhoon victims.

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