Habagat rains leave 15 dead, 4 missing


Posted at Aug 21 2013 07:23 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2013 03:23 AM

MANILA – The death toll from 3 days of monsoon rains enhanced by tropical storm “Maring” has risen to 15, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) spokesperson Maj. Rey Balido said on Wednesday.

Four people are still missing while 41 others have been injured in the Maring-enhanced monsoon rains, which triggered massive floods in Regions 1, 3, 4a, 4b and Metro Manila.

In a press briefing, Balido said 225,056 families or 1,065,353 individuals were affected by the floods.

More than 35,000 families or 163,868 individuals are temporarily staying in more than 500 evacuation centers.

More than P73 million of agriculture and more than P56 million of infrastructure in Regions 4a, 4b, CAR, and Region 1 have been damaged.

More rains

Rains are expected to continue even though tropical storm “Maring” has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility, weather bureau PAGASA warned on Wednesday.

PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano, however, noted that the amount of rainfall expected in the next couple of days is not as much compared to rains on Monday and Tuesday, which triggered floods and affected more than a million Filipinos.

Maring (international name: Trami) was spotted northeast of Taiwan, as of 5 p.m.

“Inaasahan natin na gaganda na ang ating panahon, lalong lalo na sa Metro Manila. Mayroon pa tayong naoobserbahan na moderate to heavy rains in some areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, pero hindi kagaya ng two days ago at kahapon na mayroong malaking kaulapan,” Malano said in a press briefing.

PAGASA’s Susan Espinueva said a Yellow Rainfall Alert remains hoisted due to Maring’s effect on the southwest monsoon (habagat).

The alert means moderate to heavy rains are expected over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Bataan, Tarlac, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Zambales and parts of Laguna.

Residents in low-lying areas are warned that flooding may still occur.

Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Several local government units and institutions are suspending classes on Thursday and Friday due to floods.