11 killed, over 1 million people affected in Philippines monsoon rains

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Eleven were killed and more than one million persons were affected from incessant rains spawned by southwest monsoon in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) said yesterday.

The fatalities were Jayson Baylon, 16; Jayvee Baylon, 20; Jissele Baylon,7, and Cecilia Baylon, 50; Jonathan Castulo, 3; Junica Castulo, 3 weeks old; Jessica and Jethro Baylon and Joshua Castulo, from a landslide incident in Commonwealth; Darel Flores,9 from ekectrocution in Pampanga; and Ariem Menes,19 from Poblacion in Zambales due to drowning.

Affected persons in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and National Capital Region were 267,850 families or 1,230,813 persons.

Displaced persons, who were outside and inside evacuation centres, were 163,007 families or 783,707 persons.

Meanwhile, there were a total of 90 municipalities in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and National Capital Region (NCR) inundated by floods.

As of Tuesday 10pm, there were 126 impassable roads in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, Cordillera and NCR due to flooding.

Ipo, Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque and Magat also continued to open their gates, while La Mesa Dam in Quezon City remained overflowing at 80.41 metres, over and above its spilling level of 80.15 metres.

San Manuel, San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta Maris, Asingan, Villasis, Alcala, Bautista, Rosales and Bayambang in Pangasinannwere likely to be affected when these dams release water, as well as Ramon, San Mateo, Aurora, Cabanatuan, Luna, Reins, Mercedes, Burgos, Naguilian and Gamu in Isabela; Norzagaray and Hangonoy in Bulacan.

The Deparment of Social Welfare and Development released 12.92-million peso worth of relief assistance.

More than 5,000 personnel from the military, police and coast guard were deployed for support, the NDRMMC said.

Declared under state of calamity were Laguna, Bataan, Pampanga and Zambales.

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