Philippines: Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) death toll rises to 37

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The death count in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses is now at 37 after the disaster management agency recorded four more fatalities in Cagayan Valley.

According to data released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Saturday night, deaths have been confirmed in four regions — 20 in Cagayan Valley, six in Calabarzon, five in Bicol, and six in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Fifteen people remained missing while 22 others were injured during the onslaught of the strong typhoon.

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Other agencies have reported higher figures — a usual occurrence in the aftermath of a disaster, with officials needing to validate reports.

On Friday, the Philippine National Police fatality toll rose to 42 from 26. The PNP also reported that 43 people were injured while 20 remain missing.

Several local government units have declared a state of calamity for faster relief and rehabilitation efforts. These include the provinces of Cagayan and Aurora, Marikina City in Metro Manila, and the municipality of Real, Quezon.

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