MANILA - At least 17 people were reported dead after Tropical Depression Maring pounded large swaths of Luzon with heavy rains and gusty winds last week, the disaster monitoring agency said Sunday.
Packing winds of 60 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 100 kph, Maring made landfall over Quezon province Tuesday before passing by Metro Manila and plowing through Laguna, Rizal, Bataan and Zambales.
"Mayroon tayong reported na 17 fatalities dahil dito. Lima rito ang nakumpirma na ng DILG; 12 pa ang currently bina-validate ng ating Department of the Interior and Local Government," said Mina Marasigan, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
(We have 17 fatalities because of this. Fiver were confirmed by the DILG while the remaining 12 were still being validated.)
Earlier media reports said among the fatalities were 2 teenage brothers whose house was buried in a landslide in Rizal; a 15-year-old boy who drowned in floodwaters in Laguna; and a baby whose home was pinned by a collapsed wall.
Authorities were still searching for 9 people reported missing during the cyclone's onslaught, Marasigan told radio DZMM.
Maring, the official added, damaged 1,822 houses and left P290.8 million worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, moderate to light rains will dampen Visayas and Mindanao islands until Tuesday while thunderstorms are expected in Metro Manila and the rest of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its weekly bulletin.
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