NDRRMC: 3 dead, 5 hurt as 'Habagat' wreaks havoc in 8 regions

Published July 25, 2021, 12:47 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

Three persons were killed while five others were injured in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Ilocos (Region 1) due to incidents related to non-stop rains and strong winds brought by the southwest monsoon (Habagat), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) disclosed Sunday, July 25.

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard Station Cavite rescued over 700 stranded residents in Naic, Ternate, and Noveleta towns as continuous heavy rains caused massive flooding on July 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of PCG)

Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director, said one of the fatalities was recorded in Baguio City after 39-year-old Esmeralda Suriaga was crushed by a fallen tree while she was inside a taxi and traveling along Camp 8, Kennon Road last Friday.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed and at least three others were injured after they were struck by a lightning in Pinili, Ilocos Norte on Saturday. Their identities have yet to be confirmed by the NDRRMC.

“Mayroon tayong tatlong casualties na patay at limang injured. Base sa report ng Cordillera at Region 1 DRRMC, may isang patay dahil natumbahan ng puno along Kennon Road. May dalawang kasama ito na injured (We have three fatalities and five injured. Based on the report of the Cordillera and Region 1 DRRMC, one fatality was crushed by a fallen tree along Kennon Road. She has two injured companions),” Jalad said in a radio interview over dzBB.

“Mayroon din report ang Region 1 na lightning incident, may dalawang patay (The Region 1 [DRRMC] also has a report about a lightning incident that killed two persons),” he added.

Jalad said at least eight regions were affected by the monsoon rains including CAR; Ilocos; Cagayan Valley (Region 2); Central Luzon (Region 3); Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon or Region 4A); Mimaropa (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan or Region 4B); Bicol (Region 5); Western Visayas (Region 6); Central Visayas (Region 7); and National Capital Region (NCR).

In its situational report as of 12 noon, the NDRRMC said 19,521 families or 87,493 individuals were affected by the monsoon rains in 212 barangays around the country.

Of the number, a total of 5,554 families or 22,693 individuals were displaced and staying in 157 evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC Chief said they have requested the Department of Budget and Management to replenish the quick response funds of relevant national government agencies to provide the needs of the affected families in temporary shelters.

“Humihingi kami ng augmentation ng QRFs at pinoprocess na ang QRF ng iba’t ibang ahensya. Naibibigay naman ng DBM kahit halos naubos na ang kalahati ng funds natin for this year. Iyan naman ay pwedeng punuan ng DBM dahil kukuha sa ibang budget but of course mayroong ibang gastusin na masasakripisyo (We asked for an augmentation of QRFs and we are already processing the QRFs of various agencies. The DBM is providing [additional budget] even if we already spent half of our funds for this year. This can be replenished by the DBM by getting money from other budget but of course, there are other spending that will be sacrificed),” he added.


The NDRRMC said 374 houses and 12 other infrastructures such as buildings, roads, bridges were destroyed by the rains and strong wind. Meanwwhile, four hectares of crops were also lost in Ilocos.

The total amount of damages to infrastructure and agriculture were P2,418,000 and P14,593,900 respectively.

The NDRRMC said 178 barangays were flooded including 124 areas in Region 3, 29 in Mimaropa, and 25 in NCR.

Twelve areas in Bulacan, Batangas, Rizal and Antique also experienced power outage at the height of the bad weather.