2 dead, 6 missing due to floods
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Two people were killed and 6 others remain missing after strong rains battered several provinces in Luzon on Saturday, authorities said.
Engr. Jocelle Sereno, coordinator of the Laguna Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said a dead body of an unidentified man was found floating in a river in Lumban town, Laguna.
Authorities suspect that the victim was the man reported missing since Friday after trying to cross the Wawa River.
Residents of two barangays in San Pedro, Laguna have been ordered to evacuate due to possible floods.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, meanwhile, is continuously monitoring the water level at the Laguna de Bay after water from a nearby dam was released.
In Cainta, Rizal, a man was electrocuted and swept away by flashfloods in Barangay Andres in Cainta.
Cainta Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council official Angelo Apostol identified the victim as 20-year-old Junrel Del Mario.
National Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Benito Ramos said 4 fishermen are reported missing off the northern town of Bolinao, Pangasinan while 2 children are missing after being swept away in other rivers.
Ramos said Manila officials are also on alert for flooding due to runoff from nearby mountains.
"All that rain up there would eventually find their way here. We have CCTV cameras to monitor the (Manila) rivers' water levels, and we have 44 evacuation centres ready and stocked with food and other items by our local government units," Ramos said.
The strong rains were caused by tropical depression "Ferdie" and the southwest monsoon, the state weather bureau said. -- Reports from Ronilo Dagos and Henry Ateulan, dzMM; Agence France-Presse