Monsoon death toll climbs to 16-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
MANILA (3rd Update, 8:22 a.m.) -- Foul weather caused by storm-enhanced southwest monsoon in the past four days has killed 16 people and affected more than one million people, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.
Eight of them came from Calabarzon, six were reported from Central Luzon, one in Metro Manila and another one in Apayao.
The latest of the fatalities was a resident of Teresa, Rizal.
Five individuals are missing, the most recent was in Floridabalanca, Pampanga.
Meanwhile, 41 sustained injuries and 267,551 families or 1,256,508 individuals have been affected by the monsoon rains, which wreaked havoc in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon.
Of those affected, 41,344 families or 186,741 individuals remain in evacuation centers.
Damage to infrastructure and agriculture stood at P78.87 million, 72 roads are still closed to traffic, and six power interruptions were reported in Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
The NDRRMC said P9.73 million worth of relief assistance, medicines and non-food items was released.
Tropical Storm "Maring" (international name: Trami) left the Philippines for Taiwan on Wednesday morning, one day earlier than what state weather forecasters had expected.
Reports said Maring, the 13th storm to visit the Philippines in 2013, bore down Taiwan's northern tip on Wednesday evening before going to China's eastern province of Fujian the next day.
About 20 storms hit the country every year. (Virgil Lopez/SFP/Sunnex)