MANILA — Eighty-three towns and cities in Luzon, including Metro Manila, were placed under a state of calamity after these areas were submerged by floods caused by three days of southwest monsoon (hanging habagat) rains, enhanced by tropical storm “Maring.”
The floods left at least 15 dead and displaced over one million people, government officials said.
“Maring” further intensified as it exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) yesterday (Aug. 21).
But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned of more moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Luzon as “Maring” continues to enhance the effects of the monsoon.
Placed under state of calamity are Marikina, Pasay, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Pateros, the 11 towns and one city of Bataan, the 23 towns and cities of Cavite, the 30 towns and cities of Laguna, San Mateo and Taytay, both in Rizal Province; Narvacan, Sta. Maria, San Emilio, Lidlidda, Del Pilar, and Candon City in Ilocos Sur; Guagua and Minalin in Pampanga; Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan; Obando in Bulacan; and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
Habagat’s (southwest monsoon) fury left 15 dead, 41 injured, and four missing – one each in Tubo, Abra; Bontoc and Sagada in Mountain Province; and Sariaya, Quezon.
The latest bulletin of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) placed the death toll at eight, but reports from the field indicated seven more fatalities in Regions 3 and 4-A.
The NDRRMC reported a total of 223,991 families or 1,060,094 persons adversely affected in 1,028 barangays of 80 municipalities and 35 cities of Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, National Capital Region (NCR), and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). It was also reported that as of 6 a.m. yesterday (Aug. 21), the typhoon caused P66,763,939.00 worth of damage to agriculture, including fishponds, and infrastructures in Regions I, IV-A, IV-B, and CAR.
Among infrastructures damaged were the Pasig-Potrero Bridge on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Nagbayan-Nagbunga Bridge in San Antonio, Zambales, and one bridge in Mountain Province. These were rendered impassable.
Mark Calpo, PAGASA weather observer, said the amount of the three-day rainfall caused by the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon reached 505.5 millimeters (mm), breaching the average volume of rain in August.
Calpo said the highest volume of rain was recorded between 8 a.m. on August 20 and 8 a.m. on August 21 at 225.7 mm, while the highest rainfall amount was between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. last Tuesday (August 20) at 230.9 mm, which was described as intense rainfall.(Manila Bulletin)