Sunday, June 22, 2008

Morning After the Typhoon (6/23/08)


Photo Caption: "A Red Cross volunteer comforts a woman at the office of Sulpicio Lines in Manila, where families waited for news on survivors of the ferry M/V Princess of the Stars (inset), which capsized off Sibuyan Island in Romblon." Photo by JUN MENDOZA. Source: Philippine Star Online.
When I woke up this morning (6/2308), the sun was up and the rain has stopped -- very different from yesterday's weather condition.

A news report in TV showed footages of survivors of MV Princess, the ferry boat that sank due to Typhon 'Frank'. However, hundreds more were reported missing.

Below are some news updates from Philippine Star Online:

"929 dead, missing

As the death toll nationwide from Typhoon ‘Frank’ soared to 229 yesterday, more than 700 passengers and crew were missing after a ferry capsized last Saturday off Sibuyan Island in Romblon."

Full story >>

Other headlines:

‘Frank’ pounds RP, leaves 229 dead
Classes suspended today in Metro Manila, 12 provinces
Thousands evacuated in Metro; flights canceled

Comment: When I read the headline from Philippine Star I thought that there was something wrong. The headline said '929 dead, missing'. When I read the body of the news it was stated that there were 229 dead. At first I thought that it was a typographical error. Then, I realized that the writer added 229 (dead) to 700 (missing) and came up with the number 929.

I wonder if there are many readers who were misled by the figure (929) indicated in the news headline.


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