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‘Maring’ leaves 19 dead



Photo courtesy of Lingayen Police Station

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) disclosed that at least 19 individuals were confirmed to have died because due to the onslaught of severe tropical storm “Maring,” while validation is ongoing for 11 more fatalities.

In its report, the NDRRMC said that Ilocos Sur tallied 14 of the confirmed storm fatalities, most of whom drowned in flash floods in Santa Maria, Suyo, Tagudin, Sta. Cruz, and Lidlidda towns while two perished in landslides in San Emilio and Salcedo.

Another confirmed fatality in Ilocos region was a 25-year-old female who got electrocuted in Lingayen, Pangasinan, while four persons who died in flash floods in Narra, Palawan, have also been confirmed as storm fatalities.

Meantime, validation is ongoing to determine if nine persons who died in landslides in Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon and Kibungan of Benguet, as well as two persons who drowned in Claveria and Iguig of Cagayan, are indeed storm fatalities.

As of Thursday morning, the NDRRMC said that at least 14 persons were reportedly missing — one in Badoc, Ilocos Norte; three in Sta. Cruz, Tagudin and Sta. Maria of Ilocos Sur; one in Laoac, Pangasinan; three in Tubao and Sto. Tomas of La Union; one in Kibungan, Benguet; and five from Narra and Rizal of Palawan.

“Maring” affected at least 194,677 persons in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas and Caraga, according to the NDRRMC and of that number, 7,370 stayed in evacuation centers while 7,539 took shelter at the homes of families and friends.

At least 89 homes were destroyed and 236 were damaged in the affected regions.

Damage to agriculture has risen to P1.09 billion, mostly to crops, livestock, and fisheries in Ilocos region, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley.

An initial P66.42 million worth of damage to infrastructure was recorded in Cagayan Valley and Western Visayas.