Fatalities from monsoon rains reach 8-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MANILA (Updated, 8:12 a.m.) -- A seven-year-old boy who was previously reported missing after an old irrigation dam gave way in Tanza, Cavite on Monday is the eighth fatality of the enhanced southwest monsoon triggered by Tropical Storm "Maring" (international name: Trami).
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the victim as Joros Miyage. Two other people died because of the incident.
The number of injured people went up to 41 after the government added 30 individuals who were rescued in the Sumaguing Cave in Mt. Province.
Four people are still missing including a 12-year-old boy who was swept away by strong current while crossing a river in Sariaya, Quezon on Monday.
Placed under state of calamity were Narvacan in Ilocos Sur, Pateros, San Mateo in Rizal, Muntinlupa City, Bataan, some areas in Pampanga (San Fernando, Masantol, Macabebe, Guagua, Minalin), Cavite and Laguna.
A total of 223,991 families or 1,060,194 individuals have been affected by the bad weather in several provinces in Luzon as of 6 a.m. Of those affected, 29,041 families or 132,969 people are in 425 evacuation centers while 30,754 families representing 148,157 people chose to stay with friends or relatives.
Sixty-five roads remain impassable to vehicles in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region and Metro Manila. Thirty-two houses were damaged with 17 totally and 15 partially destroyed, mostly in Calabarzon with 14 totally and seven partially damaged homes.
NDRRMC reported that the storm-enhanced monsoon rain cost more than P66.8 million worth of agriculture and infrastructure. The greatest damage in agriculture is in Romblon amounting to about P48.7 million.
Still stranded are 97 passengers (64 from Bicol region alone), six vessels, one rolling cargo and six motorbancas while 162 flights (103 domestic, 59 international) have been cancelled.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prepositioned P120.64 million worth of emergency relief resources, consisting of standby fund (P15.72 million), 60,177 family food packs (P15 million) and other food and non-food items (P89.9 million).
Total humanitarian aid is at P4,492,238.20 culled from the DSWD, local government units and non-government organizations (NGOs).
The NDRRMC said only 20 percent of Metro Manila is flooded as of 4 p.m., down from 50 to 60 percent earlier in the day. This developed after the state weather bureau on Tuesday afternoon lowered the rainfall alert from red to orange, which means heavy to intense rains.
Flooding is concentrated in the cities of Marikina and Parañaque, said NDRRMC Executive Director Eduardo del Rosario.
For its part, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that floodwater in Osmeña Highway, Magallanes, Baclaran, Roxas Boulevard, Romualdez, Taft, Quirino, Leon Guinto and Pedro Gil are still knee-deep.
Waist-deep waters have been observed in United Nations Avenue, areas around Manila City Hall and Sucat in Parañaque City. Reports said the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) is now open to traffic.
Rescue teams and military trucks were earlier deployed to flood-hit areas like Manila, Pasay City and Parañaque.
Overall, 415 areas in 68 municipalities/cities in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Metro Manila were reported flooded.
Work and classes in drenched areas were suspended for the second straight day as weather is expected to gradually improve by Wednesday, a national holiday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Maring was spotted 500 kilometers Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes at 4 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kilometers per hour with gustiness of up to 135 kph.
It was forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph and will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Wednesday before making landfall over northern Taiwan and southeastern China later this week. (Virgil Lopez/Glaiza Jarloc/SFP/Sunnex)