‘Maring’ death toll rises to 13

‘Maring’ death toll rises to 13

MANILA – The death toll from the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring has climbed to 13, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Wednesday.

In its latest advisory, the agency said the reports of fatalities, which include two from Ilocos Sur; one from Cagayan; four from Palawan; five from Benguet, and one from Baguio City, are undergoing validation.

The number of missing persons has reached nine (9) — five (5) from Palawan; two (2) from Baguio City; one (1) from Pangasinan, and one (1) from Ilocos Norte.

The NDRRMC said the report on the missing victim due to drowning in Ilocos Norte has been validated while the rest are undergoing validation.

Also undergoing validation are reports of three persons injured in Baguio City.

“Maring” has so far caused almost PHP493.8 million worth of damage to agriculture in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Ilocos Region incurred the biggest damage at around PHP262.5 million, followed by Cagayan Valley at PHP114.1 million and CAR at PHP117.2 million

Some 109 houses were reported damaged by “Maring” in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga, and the CAR.

Of these, 54 were classified as partially damaged and 55 as totally damaged.

The number of affected barangays was placed at 237 in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga, and the CAR.

Meanwhile, the number of affected families stands at 6,111 or equivalent to 21,511 persons.

Of these, 1,513 families or 5,852 individuals are staying in 99 evacuation centers while the rest have either returned home or are staying with relatives and friends. (PNA)

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