MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains this week claimed the lives of 4 people and affected thousands of residents, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.
NDRRMC identified the fatalities as:
Christian Serrano, 9
Rodel Pugoy Sr., 29
Serrano and Pugoy died after a huge wall beside a bridge in Valenzuela collapsed and buried three houses of informal settlers.
Reprado and Malinao, on the other hand, separately drowned in El Nido, Palawan; and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, respectively.
Reprado went missing on July 2, while Malinao went missing on June 30. Their remains were both found on July 3.
Meanwhile, Diolito Castillo Jr., 31, remains missing after he got swept by strong waters while crossing Catalog river in Sta. Fe, Romblon.
At least six people got injured at the height of the rains, which was brought about by the low pressure area that crossed Luzon.
The LPA has since dissipated.
NDRRMC said some 4,000 residents in the Bombon, Camarines Sur and 200 in Camaligan, Camarines Sur were affected by floods.
Local authorities did not recommend the evacuation of the residents, who were living beside a creek connected to the Bicol river.
Fifty residents of Barangay Alabat In Quezon Province fled their homes due to flash floods; 15 in Antipolo City, Rizal; and 15 in Teresa, Rizal.
In the low-lying cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela, 112 and 60 residents were displaced by the floods, respectively.
La Mesa dam
The La Mesa dam in Quezon City remains under the red alert status even though the rain had eased off.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of 6 a.m., the water level at the dam was at 79.87 meters, or 0.28 meter short of its spilling level.
Residents in Barangays Fairview, San Bartolome, Santa Lucia, Gulod, Santa Monica, Novaliches Proper and Nagkaisang Nayon are on alert in case flooding occurs.