MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from floods, landslides and other unfortunate incidents resulting from the relentless rain that swamped Metro Manila and nearby provinces last week has climbed to 92.
In its 9 p.m. situation update on August 12, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that 66 of the victims drowned and 12 were buried by landslides. Others were killed by lightning, crushed by toppled trees and electrocuted, among others.
A total of 11 persons were injured, 4 are still missing, while 62,846 were rescued.
NDRRMC also reported that the number of people affected or displaced by heavy rain and floods increased to 3,307,874. These individuals are found in 16 provinces in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, VI and the National Capital Region (NCR).
NDRRMC said that a total of 86 roads and 3 bridges remain impassable to all types of vehicles in Regions I, III, IV-A, CAR and NCR due to flooding.
In NCR, most of the recorded impassable roads are found in Pasig City, where NDRRMC said declogging is ongoing. In Region III, on the other hand, NDRRMC said that the number of flooded areas has significantly increased.
A total of 8,506 houses were damaged in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B and VI, of which 2,969 were totally damaged, and 5,537 only partially.
The total cost of damage to infrastructure is P596,815,230, while damage to agriculture stands at P19,561,381.50.
Weather bureau Pagasa said a tropical depression has developed from an active low pressure area near Luzon Sunday. It is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rain over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.