'Habagat' death toll rises to 85

Posted at 08/12/2012 11:08 AM | Updated as of 08/12/2012 4:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from over a week of heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon has climbed to 85, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.

The NDRRMC said 62 of the fatalities died from drowning, while 12 were killed in landslides.

Three people were victims of electrocution, three died due to heart attack, two died from lightning and two others died because of fallen trees.

The NDRRMC did not indicate the cause of death of the remaining fatality.

The NDRRMC said 10 others were injured, while eight are still missing.

Meanwhile, the cost of damage to infrastructure is now over P585 million, while the damage to agriculture is more than P19 million.

The NDRRMC said the significant increase in the cost for infrastructure is due to the damaged health facilities in Metro Manila and in Region 3.

The government also said the heavy rains and massive floods affected over three million people in 16 provinces.

More than 92,000 families remain in evacuation centers. – with ANC