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Monsoon rains kill 13

Thirteen persons have been killed by the “hanging habagat” or southwest monsoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said yesterday.

Six persons were injured while nine others were reported missing, the NDRRMC added.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan, in a press briefing at the Office of Civil Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, identified the latest victims as Felix Mendoza Catapang, 57; Leonida Andrin Catapang, 46; Jamaica Delaney A. Catapang, and Zaldy Incognito Gloriani, 29.

Marasigan said the Catapangs of Sitio Kamalig, Barangay Reparo, Nasugbu, Batangas died after they were electrocuted by an electric wire that fell on the ground due to strong winds and heavy rains at about 5 p.m. Monday.

Gloriani, of Barangay Castanos Cerca, Gen. E. Aguinaldo Ave., Cavite, drowned and his body was retrieved on banks of the Tarapiche River in Barangay Mabato, Maragondon, Cavite, at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Marasigan identified the injured as John Harry Parco Ocera, 38; Arnold Gomez, 25; Rommel Edio, 31; Eyan Buena, 32; Elmer Robelio, 30; and Vernie Andam, 35.

Nine persons were missing, the latest were a father and his son who were carried away by a flashflood while picking garbage in Barangay San Juan, Cainta, Rizal at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Marasigan said some 55,963 families or 262,271 persons from Regions 1, 3, Region 4-A, 6, National Capital Region, and Cordillera Autonomous Region were affected by the southwest monsoon. She said that 4,487 families or 17,896 persons are still staying in 77 designated evacuation centers.

More than P6 million in relief assistance was provided to affected families in NCR, Region 3, Region 4-A, and Negros Island Region.

Nineteen roads were unpassable in Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Batangas, La Union, Pangasinan, and Pampanga due to roadslip and flooding. (Francis T. Wakefield)