Typhoon Ruby News Headlines 9th December 2014

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Typhoon Ruby News Headlines

Millions hunker down in Philippine capital | SBS and SKY News

Millions of people in the Philippine capital are hunkering down as a major storm churns towards the megacity after killing at least 21 people.

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In Metro Manila, a sprawling coastal megalopolis of 12 million people that regularly endures deadly flooding, well-drilled evacuation efforts went into full swing on Monday as forecasters warned of heavy rain from dusk.

‘We are on 24-hour alert for floods and storm surges … it’s the flooding that we are worried about,’ Joseph Estrada, mayor of Manila, the original city of two million within Metro Manila, said.

This is a sensible precaution also practiced all over the world when bad storms hit any area.

21 dead, says Red Cross exec

Monday 8th December, Gwendolyn Pang, Philippine National Red Cross (NRC) secretary general, stated: “We have confirmed reports that 21 people died in Eastern Samar, 16 of them in Borongan,”

3 Reported Deaths : National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed only three dead.

NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama presented the agency’s latest official report which listed three deaths in Cebu, Samar and Biliran provinces.

The fatalities were a 14-year-old boy who died of electrocution, a two-month-old female infant who was hit by a falling tree and a man hit by debris.

Government officials are removing names from the Red Cross list as they find that their deaths were not related to Typhoon Ruby.

The state disaster management agency said today that it was verifying an earlier Red Cross reports that 21 people died due to typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby).

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), told a press briefing that the death toll was not confirmed.

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