‘Habagat’ death toll now at 7; more than 32,000 families displaced

MANILA — Seven persons were dead and seven others are still missing as heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon continue to pummel most parts of Luzon.

In its 8:00 p.m. update Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the lists includes one dead and five missing in Saturday’s flashflood at the Sumag River tunnel project of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in General Nakar, Quezon Province where at least one worker was rescued.

One drowning was reported in Barangay Canaulilian, Janiuay, Iloilo; another drowning was reported in Nagtahan, Manila while three more were killed by collapsed firewall at Oroquieta St., Sta Cruz, Manila; and another drowning death in Barangay Mariana, Quezon City and one drowning death in Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

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 falling rocks

Meanwhile, two fishermen, one from Barangay Bognuyan, Gasan, Marinduque and one from Barangay Calasagen, Brook’s Point, Palawan were reported missing.

Meanwhile, 32,220 Families have been displaced by the monsoon rains, or equivalent to 154,988 persons.

In its 8 a.m. update the NDRRMC said the famillies are from the National Capital Region, Regions III and VI and the Province of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

Heavy rains triggered by the southwest monsson have been pouring over Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon and Visayas since August 8. PNA/northboundasia.com