2 teens killed in Taytay landslide

MANILA (Updated) -- Two minors were killed in a landslide in Taytay, Rizal, as heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression "Maring" continue to flood several areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, a disaster official said Tuesday, September 12.

Five other people remain missing after flash floods swept away a house beside a swollen river in Laguna province, disaster relief officials said.

Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed while several flights were canceled.

Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said the minors identified as Jude Pundal, 17, and his younger brother Justil, 14, died when a landslide covered their house at the foot of a hill around 4 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Dolores, Taytay.

The brothers were declared dead on arrival at the hospital, while their mother, Judith, sustained injuries due to the incident.

Espiritu said the landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall.

He said the people living in the area were warned against possible landslides last Monday, but most of them refused to evacuate.

Espiritu said they will implement a forced evacuation when necessary.

In Calamba, Laguna, flash floods swept away at least one house along the bank of the swollen San Cristobal River.

Five people are missing, while eight others, including five children, were rescued, said disaster response official Noriel Habana.

Twenty-two passengers of a bus stranded in floodwaters were rescued in Quezon province, officials said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Tropical Depression Maring made landfall in Quezon province around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

It said Maring, which is moving northwest with 60 kilometers per hour (kph) winds and gusts of up to 100 kph, will continue to bring rains in the affected areas, including Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga and other provinces in northern Luzon.

The weather bureau warned residents against possible landslides in mountainous areas and flooding in low-lying areas.

A stronger typhoon, Lannie (Talim), is located 865 kilometers east of the Philippines northern tip and is moving toward Taiwan and eastern China.

Lannie is due to make landfall on Taiwan late Wednesday and officials there were especially concerned about the risk of mudslides in mountainous parts of the island. Taiwan's central government was contacting the heads of mountain villages, arranging free evacuations to shelters, monitoring rivers and mudslide-prone areas. (With AP/SunStar Philippines)

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