19,406 families affected by monsoon rains so far — OCD

MANILA — Inclement weather and floods caused by heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon have so far displaced 19,406 families or 80,467 persons nationwide.

This was stressed by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) spokesperson Mina Marasigan in a briefing held on Monday noon.

These families are concentrated in Regions III, CALABARZON, VI, Negros Island Region, and the National Capital Region.

“Of which, 11,087 families/50,592 persons are still housed in 104 designated evacuation centers,” she added.

Monsoon rains have been falling for nearly a week.

Casualties are placed at five dead, six injured and one missing. One drowning death was reported in Barangay Canauillian, Janiuay, Iloilo; another in Sampaloc, Manila while two more were killed by a collapsed firewall at Oroquieta St., Sta. Cruz, Manila; and another drowning death in Barangay Mariana, Quezon City.

Five of the six injured were hurt in the aftermath of the collapsed firewall in Sta. Cruz, Manila and one in Taytay, Rizal after being hit by failing rocks.

Meanwhile, a fisherman from Barangay Bognuyan, Gasan, Marinduque was reported missing after going out fishing.

Monday’s update does not include the one person reported killed, and five others missing when flood waters flooded a tunnel project of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Gen. Nakar, Quezon last Saturday.

Marasigan said they are still verifying details of the accident before adding it to the official list.

So far, 38 houses were also reported damaged in Bataan, Negros Island Region and Iloilo. PNA/northboundasia.com