Death toll in PH floods reaches 19

Posted at 08/09/2012 1:58 PM | Updated as of 08/09/2012 6:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - At least 19 people are dead in the heavy rains and floods that hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces this week. 

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 9 of the fatalities were recorded following a landslide in Quezon City. Eight of the fatalities were drowning victim while 2 were electrocuted. 

Three people are still missing. 

So far, the monsoon rains have affected 2 million people, with more than 61,000 families still in evacuation centers. 

Meanwhile, 16 areas in Luzon are still under a state of calamity. 

These include: 

NCR: 

Marikina 

Malabon 

Navotas 

Valenzuela 

Muntinlupa 

San Juan 

Pasig 

Pasay 

Caloocan 

Pateros 

Region III: 

Bataan 

Pampanga 

Zambales 

Bulacan 

Region IV-A:

Laguna 

Region IV-B: 

Palawan (Culion, El Nido and Linacapan only) 

The declaration of a state of calamity allows local governments to use emergency funds for calamity response and the implementation of a price freeze.