18 dead due to habagat, new LPA spotted
MANILA (UPDATE) – The death toll from the heavy rains and massive flooding due to monsoon rains this week has risen to 18, authorities said on Thursday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the latest fatality is a still unidentified drowning victim from Bacoor, Cavite.
Most of the fatalities drowned at the height of the rains brought by the southwest monsoon, which was exacerbated by tropical storm "Maring."
At least 41 were injured and 5 are still missing.
The NDRRMC said 367,894 families or 1.75 million individuals were affected by the heavy rains.
It said a total of 662 areas were hit by flooding, and 5 provinces, 8 cities, 9 towns and 2 barangays have been placed under states of calamity.
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State weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) east of Visayas, which may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.
“Isang low pressure area (LPA) na ine-expect natin pumasok ng PAR within 24 to 48 hours,” PAGASA weather forecaster Buddy Javier said.
Javier said there is a possibility that the LPA will intensify into a storm but there is a slim chance it will make landfall based on its current track.
Javier noted, however, that rains are still expected across the country due to the possible effects of the LPA on the monsoon.
“Kung ito ay magiging ganap na bagyo, may kakayahan siya na higupin ang habagat at ito pa rin ang magpapa-ulan dito sa western section ng Visayas at ilang parts ng Mindanao,” he said.
Another weather disturbance was spotted northeast of the country, but Javier said it is not expected to enter the PAR.