Floods, landslides kill 33, affect 1M people

THE number of persons affected by continuous rains in Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao nears the 1 million mark as death toll from floods and landslides rose to 33.

Latest update by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRMMC) said continuous rains in the said regions have caused the death of 33 persons, with eight injured and nine missing.

The NDRRMC reports said that the number of affected families rose to 186, 856 or about 967, 351 residents of 124 municipalities, 10 cities and 24 provinces in regions IV-B, V, VII, VII, X, XI, Caraga and ARMM.

The Caraga region was the most affected with 112,096 families or 601,804 persons affected, with Eastern Visayas following next with 185, 675 persons or 35,463 familes and the Bicol region with 37,514 families or 191,777 persons.

The NDRMMC said that the northeast monsoon prevailing over Northern and Central Luzon and tailend of a cold front affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao triggered moderate to heavy rains resulting to floods and landslides in affected regions.

The NDRMMC’s overall assessment said floodings and landslides caused P573,587,271 damages to infrastructure while damage to agriculture has reached P52.54 million. Anthony Vargas

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