MANILA, Aug.13 — The number of deaths caused by floods and heavy rains spawned by the southwest monsoon (habagat) rose to 95 from the previous 92, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday evening.
Latest reports from the disaster management agency's field units showed that the three latest fatalities were due to drowning – Priscilla Aquino Dela Cruz, 73, of Pangasinan. Her body was found on the islet in the middle of Bued River in Brgy. Bolo, San Jacinto, Pangasinan and believed to have drowned.
Laila Bilao and Arlene Hikaor, both from Caloocan City, were both previously reported missing.
NDRRMC said of the 95 fatalities reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, 69 died due to drowning, 12 were victims of landslides, two were hit by lightning, four due to electrocution, three because of heart attack/cardiac arrest, one due to nervous breakdown; two due to falling trees and two of still undetermined cause.
The agency said 11 persons were injured, four others missing while 62,846 were rescued.
The reports showed that heavy rains and floods affected 761,189 families or 3,457,774 persons in 2,404 barangays in 170 municipalities and 36 cities in 16 provinces in Region 1 (Ilocos), Region 3 (Central Luzon), Region 4-A (CALABARZON), Region 4-B (MIMAROPA), Region 6 (Western Visayas) and the National Capital Region or Metro Manila.
NDRRMC said 205,835 families or 970,296 persons were served inside and outside evacuation centers.
As of 6 p.m. Monday, the roads in San Isidro, Sta Monica and San Luis, Bataan are already passable while the Bayambang-Camiling Road in Ilocos Sur is under repair.
A total of 11 roads and three bridges are not passable to all types of vehicles in Regions I, III, IV-A and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) due to flooding.
The heavy rains damaged a total of 8,629 houses in Ilocos, Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Calamba, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), MIMAROPA and Western Visayas, while an increase in figures is brought about by additional reports from Region IV-A.
The NDRRMC also reported that the total cost of damages to infrastructure already reached P639.1 million and agriculture, P 1,624,410,815.
In Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B and National Capital Region (NCR), the total cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure reached P 2,263,539,045.
The NDRRMC also reported that a total amount of P 94,882,408 worth of relief assistance was provided to the affected families. The Local Government Units (LGUs) provided P40,206,540.12, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) provisioned P5,515,515.78, Department of Health (DoH) granted P13,209,614, while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allocated P 35,950,738. (PNA)