'Crising' death toll rises to 4-A A +A
Friday, February 22, 2013
MANILA -- Tropical Depression "Crising" is moving away from the country, but has left at least four people dead and over 180,000 people affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said early Friday.
The NDRRMC identified the two latest fatalities as Nelson Jeminez, 40, of Barangay Sampao, Kapalong, Davao del Norte and Namatyagan Namones, 12.
The agency said Jeminez drowned while rescuing an unidentified person while Namones died in a landslide at the border of San Fernando in Bukidnon and Davao Oriental.
Four people were hurt while two others remain missing due to Crising.
As of Friday morning, Crising has affected a total of 36,407 families or 183,966 people in 137 barangays of the Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga regions and of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The NDRRMC added that a total of 25,709 people are inside evacuation centers.
Crising also affected three roads, one footbridge, and six bridges in the Eastern Visayas, Davao, and Caraga regions and damaged 87 houses.
A total of 1,383 passengers and 12 vessels remain stranded, according to the NDRRMC. As of Thursday evening, at least five domestic flights have been cancelled due to the bad weather.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the northeast monsoon is affecting Luzon.
Pagasa earlier issued a heavy rainfall warning for the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
"Moderate to heavy rainfall was observed over Cavite, laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon and most likely to continue for the next 3 hrs," Pagasa said in its 8 a.m. update.
The agency said light to moderate rains would be experienced over Metro Manila, Aurora, Bataan and Bulacan and occasional light to moderate rains over Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales and Tarlac.
"Flooding is possible in low-lying areas and those located near the river channels," Pagasa said. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)