Habagat death toll rises to 7


Posted at Aug 16 2016 02:23 PM

The photo shows an aerial view of Marikina River at critical alert level on Monday, after days of heavy downpour brought by the southwest monsoon. President Duterte, along with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad, conducted an aerial inspection of flood-hit areas in Metro Manila and Central Luzon. Toto Lozano, Malacanang Photo

MANILA – The death toll from the heavy rains and floods brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat) has risen to 7, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC has yet to identify the two additional fatalities, who were from General Nakar, Quezon and Brooke's Point, Palawan.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of death of a subcontractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) who was trapped at the Sumag River Tunnel in General Nakar, Quezon at the height of flooding last August 13.

The Palawan fatality, a fisherman, drowned when he set sail despite the unfavorable sea condition. His body was later found near a mangrove area in Barangay Calasaguen in Brooke's Point.

Mary Hope Beriña, 14, and Argilyn Joyce Gonzales, 16, died when a wall collapsed on them in Sta. Cruz, Manila on August 13.

Archie Contado, a 27-year-old Quezon City resident, drowned after the water in the creek beside his house swelled.

Jonel Fernandez, 11, was found dead at the Nagtahan Pumping Station in Manila, in what appeared to be a drowning incident.

Benedicto Brasileño, 68, drowned when he was swept by strong river current while crossing Malbug River in Janiuay, Iloilo.

Meanwhile, six were injured and 7 were reported missing.

Five of the missing persons were MWSS subcontractors trapped at the Sumag River Tunnel at the height of flooding last August 13 in General Nakar, Quezon. Another unnamed fisherman from Brooke's Point, Palawan also went missing.

Ruben Pahilagmo, 57, went missing after he went fishing amid the inclement weather in Gasan, Marinduque last August 8. Authorities said his boat was found between the vicinity of Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro.

The NDRRMC said 32,220 families or 154,988 individuals have been affected by the heavy rains, with 24,024 people staying in evacuation centers.