“Frank” leaves at least 86 dead, 700 missing

INQUIRER.net (First Posted 13:43:00 06/22/2008). By Joel Guinto

“MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) At least 86 people were killed while over 700 others were missing after typhoon “Frank” (international codename: Fengshen) ravaged the Visayas and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, officials said Sunday.

The storm caused a passenger ferry to capsize, triggered floods, which ran as deep as six feet in Iloilo province, forcing tens of thousands to evacuation centers, and caused power outages.

The M/V Princess of the Star, carrying 626 passengers and 121 crew members capsized off Sibuyan Island in the central province of Romblon at 6 p.m. Saturday, hours after it went dead at sea due to engine failure. Four people have been confirmed killed while three others were rescued, officials said.

Elsewhere, the Department of Health reported 82 deaths, mostly due to flooding, of which, 74 are confirmed while eight are unconfirmed.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported three people were missing after they were swept away by flood waters, one in Murcia town, Negros Occidental province, and two in Guimaras province.”

PGCAG: A/G church members from Roxas City and Iloilo City have been reported heavily affected by this typhoon. Anything your church can contribute please contact our GenTreas Jerry Balbuena (jerbal42263@yahoo.com or 09189917637) or Liway Belen (2946136, 2926613) at the gencil office. Please pray for our brethren who are in dire circumstances.