2 dead, 1 missing in storm-enhanced habagat rains


Posted at Aug 13 2018 12:05 PM

MANILA - Two people died while another remains missing after the southwest monsoon or habagat, enhanced by tropical storm Karing, brought heavy rains and floods in different parts of Metro Manila over the weekend, disaster officials reported Monday.

The fatalities, 36-year-old Dioscoro Camacho of Barangay Nangka in Marikina City and 61-year-old Gloria Mendoza of Barangay Old Balara in Quezon City, reportedly drowned at the height of the floods, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Meanwhile, a certain 50-year-old Edgar Bugaay went missing after he got swept away by the current when he fell into a creek in Barangay San Antonio in Quezon City on Sunday afternoon, the NDRRMC said.

Disaster officials said the heavy rains and flash floods over the weekend affected a total of 1,057,767 persons in 713 barangays in Regions 1 and 2, Calabarzon, the Cordillera Administrative Region, and the densely-populated Metro Manila.

The floods also forced at least 59,100 people in the said areas to flee their homes at the height of the heavy rains, the NDRRMC report also said, adding that a large majority of them are staying inside an evacuation center.

The NDRRMC said a total of P44,491,298 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, non-government organizations has been provided to regions 1 and 3, the Cordillera Administrative Region and Metro Manila.

Monday's forecast by the state weather bureau said Karding will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Metro Manila and nearby provinces, warning people in these areas of more possible flash floods and landslides.