Monsoon rains triggered by 'Jose' leave 2 dead

Posted at 08/08/14 12:01 PM

MANILA – Two people died after monsoon rains triggered by typhoon ''Jose'' (international name: Halong) hit several parts of Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC said Ronald Perez and Rodnel Javillonar, aged 14 and 15, respectively, drowned after going for a swim in a river in Barangay Diaz in Bautista, Pangasinan.

The two minors reportedly jumped off a hanging bridge and dove into the river, but were swept by strong water current.

Their bodies were separately recovered about two kilometers from the hanging bridge on Thursday, August 7.

The NDRRMC said monsoon rains affected 15,769 people in Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, and Bataan. About 2,500 fled their homes.

As of Friday morning, six roads in Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region remain impassable due to rockslide or landslide.

Typhoon Jose left the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning. Although it did not make landfall, it enhanced the southwest monsoon (habagat), triggering rains in parts of Luzon.