Clearing, restoration operations after 'Ompong' continue

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — The task of normalizing the situation in areas battered by Typhoon Ompong continues.

The Philippine National Police said at least 66 people died and 52 are missing due to the storm.

Authorities are prioritizing clearing the roads and restoring electricity in provinces swept by the storm over the weekend.

Electricity has been restored in 44 areas, out of the more than 150 areas that experienced power interruption.

Office of Civil Defense Director Edgar Posadas said the damage to agriculture has reached P2.8 billion and many of the damaged crops are located in the Cordillera region.

Disaster management officials also reported nine countries have offered help for Typhoon Ompong-affected communities. These include New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, South Korea and the United States.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Hope Hervilla said the government still had enough supply of relief goods for the affected families.

She added, among the countries that pledged help, Japan and South Korea have been requested for food packs.

"Meron tayong cluster dito sa NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) kung saan kino-coordinate natin lahat 'yung mga foreign donations. Yung financial assistance mapupunta sa Office of Civil Defense. 'Yung iba ang depende kung ano ang agency ang gusto nila tulungan," Hervilla.

[Translation: We have clusters in NDRRMC where we coordinate all the foreign donations. The financial assistance will go to the Office of Civil Defense. The others can decide which agency they want to help.]