(FB/Cagayan Provincial Information Office)
Sixteen persons were reported dead and nearly P500 million worth of agricultural damage was tallied in the wake of severe tropical storm “Maring,” authorities said.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said its count of reported fatalities rose from 11 to 13 because of two deaths recorded in Ilocos Sur.
A 35-year-old female was reported to have died in a landslide in Brgy. Tiagan, San Emilio, while a 52-year-old male from Candalica, Sta. Cruz, drowned after being swept away by a flash flood, it said.
The local government of Baguio City in Benguet, meanwhile, reported that the bodies of two minors buried in a landslide in Dominican Hill-Mirador were retrieved Wednesday morning.
Police, firefighters, and soldiers recovered the remains of Judy Rose Tulipas, 12, and Thalia Kasidee Ocampo, 4, around 10:20 a.m., the city government said in a social media post.
The NDRRMC has yet to report the recovery of the bodies in Baguio, as well as the death of a 33-year-old woman who drowned in floods in Iguig, Cagayan, as of this posting.
Discounting the two in Baguio, seven persons remain missing. They include a 33-year-old female and a 21-year-old male who are feared to have drowned in Badoc of Ilocos Norte and Laoac, Pangasinan, respectively.
Four persons from Brgy. Batang-batang in Narra, Palawan, as well as a 49-year-old male in Rizal town of the same province are also listed as missing.
According to the NDRRMC, “Maring” affected at least 21,511 persons in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and Caraga.
As of Wednesday morning, some 5,852 persons remain in evacuation centers while 5,673 are staying with relatives or friends.
The storm damaged at least 54 houses and destroyed 55 more in affected areas.
Some P493.766 million worth of damage has been recorded on crops, livestock, and fisheries in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera, the NDRRMC said.
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