By Aaron Recuenco
A fisherman in Batangas went missing as Southern Tagalog, Metro Manila and other parts of the country were continuously pounded Tuesday with heavy rains due to another weather disturbance that continued to enhance habagat.
A report reaching Camp Crame in Quezon City identified the victim as Antonio Cudiamat Jr. who was hit with a huge wave while fishing off the waters of Talisay town of Batangas.
Cudiamat was the only casualty in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) but more than 1,000 persons were reported displaced by the heavy flooding as a result of the rain.
All of the evacuees are from Imus and Tanza towns of Cavite, according to Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson of the CALABARZON regional police.
Among those who sought refuge in Tanza town were three families whose houses were destroyed by strong winds and heavy rains.
“While there were no reported evacuees in some parts of the region, a total of 581 evacuation centers were set up in anticipation for any eventuality,” said Gaoiran.
In Rizal, Some 1,300 persons sought refuge in various evacuation centers in San Mateo and Rodriguez.
In Marikina City, a total of 101 families or 468 persons are now housed in various evacuation centers due to flooding and as a precautionary measure against continuous rise of floodwater.
In Pasig City, 17 families have so far been evacuated from barangay Maybunga and Santolan.
A total of 202 families or nearly 1,000 persons, on the other hand, were listed as evacuees in Quezon City.
Earlier, the national police leadership deployed policemen and equipment to assist local government units in the conduct of search and rescue as well as evacuation and relief assistance to trapped residents and stranded commuters.