Storm ‘Bebeng’ leaves with 15 dead

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm “Bebeng” slowly moves out of the country on Tuesday leaving at least 15 persons dead, three missing and thousands of families displaced from their homes after whipping Luzon with strong winds and heavy rains for past two days.

Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday said that the latest storm fatalities were from Camarines Sur after the bodies of two persons reported missing earlier have been recovered.

The NDRMMC reports said that majority of the storm fatalities were from the Bicol region with 11 of the 15 storm deaths, two deaths are recorded in the eastern Visayas region while one each in Metro Manila and Bulacan.

The fatalities from the Bicol region are Plaribel Ruelan, 19; Princess Ruelan, 8-month old; Marcon Sanchez, 7; Ricsan Sayamora, 9; Aristep Sabido, 31; Arnulfo Pesito, 23, Lourdes Lantero, 58, Adrian Clark, 16, Mario Nunez, 56, Aristeo Sabido, 31 and Rolando Balandia.

The other fatalities were identified by the reports as Jerry Mijares, 38 (Leyte); Luis Dingcol, 47 (Northern Samar); Alberto Tolentino (Calumpit, Bulacan) and Roberto Hojila (Las Pinas City).

Reported missing are Agmeti Condat of Tiwi, Albay and Dodoy Ronat and a certain Mr. Abagat, both are from Bula town in Albay, the reports said.

The reports added that a total of 33, 034 families or about 173, 915 persons from 237 villages in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol and Eastern Samar regions have been affected or displaced from their homes due to storm Bebeng.

The NDRRMC reports added that Bebeng is slowly moving out of the country towards the direction of Taiwan with the center of its eye being spotted on early Tuesday morning some 120 Southeast of Basco, Batanes.

Heavy rains drenched Metro Manila and triggered landslides in Batasan Hills, Quezon City and the NHA Bilibid Housing project in Muntinlupa City, the NDRRMC said.

While flashfloods destroyed one house in Alabang Riverside, Muntinlupa but there were no reported casualties.

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