'Habagat' death toll rises to 20
MANILA – The number of fatalities in the torrential rains and heavy flooding spawned by the enhanced southwest monsoon this week has risen to 20.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said two more fatalities were reported in the heavily hit province of Cavite.
The latest of the fatalities are Conrado dela Rosa, a 33-year-old drowning victim from Barangay Anabu 1-C in Imus City; and an unidentified man from Barangay Wakas 2, Kawit town.
At least 41 were injured while 4 are still missing.
At least 1,928,685 individuals across 1,549 barangays of 123 towns, 33 cities and 16 provinces were affected by the strong rains since Sunday. Of these persons, 200,060 sought shelter in evacuation centers.
At least 663 areas were flooded while 29 roads remain impassable, according to the NDRRMC.
In the wake of the monsoon rains, the following areas declared state of calamity:
Candon City, Ilocos Sur
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Narvacan, Gregorio del Pilar and Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
Sta. Barbara and Calasiao, Pangasinan
Obando and Hagooy, Bulacan
Abrade Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
Barangays Victoria and Lagnas in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Some P74,809,781 worth of infrastructures and P22,452,725 worth of agricultural products were damaged by the rains and floods.