20 dead in wake of VisMin floods
MANILA – Continuous rains that began last week triggered massive flooding in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, leaving at least 20 people dead, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.
The NDRRMC said 8 people drowned in Negros Oriental. They were identified as Tanorio Baconon; PO1 Rodelin Gonzaga, 29; Ronald Gargarian, 14; Shirley Tiongco Tombrador; Maricel Escora Borgado; Punciano Sedo, 74; Richard Tejedor, 40; and Ruben Amparado, 40.
Two Negros Oriental residents, identified as Palomar Lafranco and Erwin Cadimas, remain missing.
The NDRRMC reported six fatalities in Zamboanga City. Edwina Flores; Rosanna Garing Fabella; and Ruel Patrociño, 17; Christine Bacan, 38; and Mariluna Andawa, 8, drowned, while 38-year-old Rose Flores died after being electrocuted.
Antique residents Queenie Ymon and Ceferiano Nietes, and Lamitan, Basilan residents Helen Ignacio, Tessie Samson, Flordeliza Sebastian and Judyane Sebastian also drowned.
The NDRRMC said the non-stop rains since Friday last week affected some 207,971 individuals, 32,556 of whom fled to evacuation centers.
The rains and floods also damaged at least 941 houses; the National Bridge in Bugcaon, Lantapan, Bukidnon; Kudyawan Bridge in Negros Oriental; and fruit plantations and a 5-hectare rice field in Iloilo.
At least P44.015 million worth of infrastructures and P42.32 million worth of palay and irrigation system in Negros Occidental were also damaged.