'Maring' leaves 30 dead and 15 missing, P1B agri damage

Published October 14, 2021, 9:42 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The death toll on the widespread flooding in Northern Luzon and Palawan has ballooned to 30 as more situation reports from the affected provinces came in on Thursday, Oct. 14.

But the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said 11 of the reported casualties are still subject for validation while the rest were confirmed to be related to the onslaught of the weather disturbance.

The OCD said the 15 other people were reported missing, adding that most of those who died and went missing were from Northern Luzon, particularly from Ilocos Sur.

Of those reported dead that were validated by the OCD, 14 of them were from Ilocos Sur with most of the fatalities died of drowning; one in Pangasinan and four in Palawan.

The OCD said 11 other reported fatalities are still subject for validation– nine in Benguet due to landslides and flashflood and two in Cagayan.

Five were reported missing from Narra, Palawan; three in Ilocos Sur; three in La Union, and one each in Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Benguet and Rizal.

Tropical storm “Maring” further intensified when it merged with another weather disturbance early this week.

“Maring” then caused widespread flooding in various areas in the country wherein Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Cagayan provinces were the hardest hit.

Based on the OCD data, the damage to agriculture is now at P1 billion. The Cordillera Administrative Region and the Cagayan Valley Region were the hardest hit in agricultural damage with P340 million and P116 million, respectively.

The damage to infrastructure was initially assessed at P66 million, almost all of them in Cagayan Valley Region. A total of 325 houses were also reported damaged in Eastern Visayas, CARAGA region and Calabarzon.

A total of 110 municipalities experienced power interruption as a result of the “Maring” onslaught. The weather disturbance is now outside the country’s territory but heavy rains are still being experienced in some parts of the country.