MANILA, 24Aug2013 (PNA) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday announced that the death toll from the heavy monsoon rains and flooding triggered by Typhoon “Maring” has now climbed to 21.
As this develops, the agency said it is now keeping watch over a low-pressure area (LPA) that state weather forecasters said may become a cyclone.
“For now we are on blue alert. Our focus is on relief operations from the effects of the recent monsoon rain,” NDRRMC spokesperson Major Reynaldo Balido said.
In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC identified the two latest fatalities as Ed Paulo, 12, of Barangay Apalit, Floridablanca, Pampanga, who was found at a river along Barangay Carmencita but was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Romana Pangan Hospital; and Leonel Montilla, 21, of Barangay Habay 1, Bacoor City, Cavite, who died from drowning.
The NDRRMC said that of the 21 fatalities, 12 were from CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), eight from Central Luzon, and one from Metro Manila.
At least 30 were injured while four are still missing.
The NDRRMC said the rains and floods affected 541,554 families or 2,515,795 people in 1,822 villages in 138 towns and 35 cities in 17 provinces.
Of these, 46,276 families or 206,232 people are being served in 769 evacuation centers.
Around 454 areas in 51 towns and cities in Ilocos, Central and Southern Luzon and Metro Manila are still reported flooded.
The NDRRMC said the damage to infrastructure and agriculture caused by the floods increased to P633.082 million.
It said the damage was estimated at P633,082,850.88, including P138,139,781.05 to infrastructure and P494,943,069.83 to agriculture.
At least 248 houses were destroyed and 356 damaged.
At least 58 roads and one bridge in Ilocos, Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol, Cordillera and Metro Manila remain impassable to vehicles. (PNA)