Death toll in flood reaches 16, damage around P78-M

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Flashfllood hits South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Southwoods. PHOTO COURTESY: DENNIS DATU/ANC/FACEBOOK
Flashfllood hits South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Southwoods. PHOTO COURTESY: DENNIS DATU/ANC/FACEBOOK

MANILA, 22Aug2013 (PNA) – Sixteen fatalities have been reported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) due to flooding brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon as of 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

Injured individuals have reached 41, while five are still missing, the NDRRMC reported. A total of 662 areas in 88 municipalities or cities under Regions I, III IV-A, IV-B, and the National Capital Region (NCR) were flooded.

A total of P10,431,410 was used for relief assistance and medicines provided to affected areas.

Of the amount, P4,984,986 came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), P1,001,078 from the Department of Health (DOH), P4,417,944 from local government units and P24,400 from non-government organizations.

Cost of damage in agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at P78,868,659 in Regions I, IV-A, IV-B and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

At present five provinces (Bataan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal); eight cities (Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Marikina, Pasay, Candon in Ilocos Sur, Dagupan in Pangasinan, and Tarlac City) have declared states of calamity.

Also under state of calamity are nine municipalities (Pateros; Narvacan, Gregorio del Pilar and Sta. Maria in Ilocos Sur; Sta. Barbara and Calasiao in Pangasinan; Obando and Hagonoy in Bulacan; and Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro) and two barangays (Brgy. Victoria and Lagnas in Sablayan, Occ. Mindoro).

Meanwhile, 72 roads in Regions I, III, IV-A, V, CAR and NCR are still impassable to different types of vehicles due to flooding; two bridges remain impassible in Mt. Province and six power interruptions were reported in Regions IV-A and IV-B. (PNA)

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