Thursday, September 10, 2009

‘Maring’ leaves 5 dead, 4 missing - NDCC report

09/10/2009 | 11:16 AM

Five people were killed while four were reported missing in the wake of tropical depression "Maring," which left Philippine territory Wednesday night.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)'s 7 a.m. report Thursday said the dead included two each from Pampanga and Laguna, and one from Bulacan.

It identified the fatalities as Cladilynn Reyes, 7, of San Fernando City in Pampanga; Loreto Quiroz, 59, of San Jose Matulid in Mexico, Pampanga; Nica Lyn Aningo Vasquez, 2, of Pulilan, Bulacan; and sisters Nerissa and Nancy Nievres of Calamba City in Laguna.

Reyes, Quiroz and Vasquez drowned while the Nievres sisters died after a landslide hit their house, the same report said.

Listed as missing were Jonalyn Bayno, 19, of Baesa village in Quezon City, after she fell into a creek Wednesday; and security guards Celso Metran, Amor Metran and Patricio Diaz. The three guards of Diego Mining Co. were last seen at their quarters in Botolan town in Zambales.

The NDCC said Maring affected a total of 69,509 families or 307,057 people in 305 villages in 27 towns and one city in Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan.

Floods affected at least 28 villages in Botolan, San Felipe and San Marcelino towns and Olongapo City in Zambales; 125 villages in Apalit, Guagua, Sasmuan, Floridablanca, Masantol, Lubao, Bacolor, Mexico and Arayat in Pampanga; 45 villages in Balagtas, Calumpit, Guiguinto, Marilao, Meycauayan and San Miguel in Bulacan; and 90 villages in Pilar, Morong, Hermosa, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Samal and Bagac in Bataan.

At least 833 families or 3,316 people are now housed in five evacuation centers in Zambales and Pampanga.

Two houses in Bataan and Laguna were destroyed while 32 were damaged.

The NDCC said Maring caused P20.999 million in damages to agriculture in Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan and Tarlac. It added that rains and floods damaged bridges and roads in San Antonio and San Marcelino in Zambales; and Bacolor and Floridablanca in Pampanga.

On the other hand, floods remained waist-deep in parts of in Muntinlupa City; and 13 to 25 inches deep in Valenzuela City.

In Central Luzon, several roads remained impassable, including the Olongapo-Bugallon Road Botolan-Carael section. Not passable to light vehicles were Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road and Jet Layac Balanga Mariveles Port road.

In Pampanga, the Candaba-San Miguel Road and Baliuag-to-Candaba-to-Sta. Ana Road were not passable. In Benguet, the Itogon-Dalupirip Road was closed due to a roadslide, while the Abra-Kalinga Road was closed. The Mt. Province-Calanan-Pinukpok Road in Kalinga was also closed. - GMANews.TV

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