3 reported dead due to ‘Maring’By Frances Mangosing, Kristine Angeli Sabillo
MANILA, Philippines – At least three people have been reported killed due to tropical storm “Maring,” according to latest reports.
The first fatality was identified by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said as Franco Pedrito Cawayan, who figured in a vehicular accident at sitio Caliat, Lenneng in Cabugao town in Apayao on Sunday afternoon. Nine others were seriously injured in the said vehicular accident involving a jeepney with 50 persons.
Two other people were also reported killed after an irrigation dam in Trece Martires in Cavite collapsed Monday morning due to torrential rainfall brought about by typhoon “Maring,” Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said in an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.
Two were also reported missing in Abra and Mt. Province.
The NDRRMC also recorded a total of six landslides in Abra and Bangued. There were also about 2,000 persons affected in the regions of Ilocos and cordillera.
Floodings were also reported in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite.
There were also 28 roads affected in the regions of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, National Capital Region and Cordillera, the NDRRMC said.
In Cavite, Remulla said, rescuers were on their way to help residents in the flooded areas.
Electricity has also been shut down and Aguinaldo Highway has been closed to motorists because of chest-deep flood waters in Bacoor. Those going to Metro Manila, he said, may use an alternative route via Daang Hari.
On Twitter, Alabang Bulletin (@alabangbulletin) posted a photo showing a flooded South Luzon Expressway. Four cars were seen submerged in murky water near the Southwoods Exit.
Project Noah Executive Director Mahar Lagmay posted on Twitter at 7:16 am a Doppler image showing the rainfall concentrated in Batangas and Laguna, as well as other nearby areas, with the caption “South of Metro Manila pa rin ang binabakbakan (South of Metro Manila is still being beaten up [by the storm]).”
At 8:02 am, he also posted the latest Project Noah rainfall monitor showing heavy rains in the same area, intense rains in Cavite and Parañaque City and torrential rainfall in Mindoro.
According to the state weather bureau’s latest Red Rainfall Warning at 9:15 am, heavy to intense rainfall will continue to affect Metro Manila (CAMANAVA, Manila, Pasay, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa), Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Zambales and Bataan for the next three hours.
The torrential rains also prompted cancellation of classes and government offices and left several areas flooded.
“Maring,” which was last spotted off Batanes area, enhanced the prevailing southwest monsoon and forced the suspension of classes in several areas in the National Capital Region as well as nearby Luzon provinces.