By Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
Re-posted by BicolToday.com
MANILA, Philippines – At least 31 people died while 27 others remained missing after tropical storm “Juaning” battered Bicol and Northern Luzon Wednesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported early Thursday.
Majority of the fatalities were recorded in Bicol region, particularly in the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte. Two additional fatalities were reported in Catanduanes,identified as Alfredo Manibale, who died after falling off the roof, and Rickson Villasana who died after drowning.
One fatality was also reported in Metro Manila, identified as Joven Dator from Las Pinas City who died after drowning.
The NDRRMC reported that 27 more persons were missing including 19 fishermen from Masbate whose fishing boat capsized last July 27. Authorities were able to rescue 52 persons while 36 others were injured in the rains and floods.
Juaning also affected over 130,000 families or over 648,000 persons particularly in Bicol, Ilocos, and Central Luzon. In Metro Manila, 203 persons were evacuated from Muntinlupa due to floods.
Ports operations were back to normal in Calabarzon and Mimaropa regions, however, the NDRRMC said 710 passengers remain stranded in ports in Bicol, particularly in Tabaco, Pio Duran, Sabang, Tamban, Kataingan, Kalumpang, and Bapor. InterAksyon.com