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14 dead from monsoon rains

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

Five persons were injured while eight others are still missing, it added.

The latest victim was a fisherman from Barangay Calasaguen, Brooke’s Point, Palawan, who was reported missing while fishing in bad weather on August 13.

The NDRRMC said despite improving weather conditions in the last few days, 1,096,581 persons from 238,324 families were affected by the hanging habagat from Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon, and National Capital Region.

More than 9,700 persons from 2,400 families are still housed inside 103 designated evacuation centers.

Damage to agriculture was pegged at R2,003,521.21 in Region 1 and Cordillera Administrative Region while a tornado in Manila caused R3,116,000 in damages.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the southwest monsoon is affecting the western section of Northern and Central Luzon.

PAGASA said that cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms are expected over the Ilocos region, CAR, and Zambales today.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country. (Francis T. Wakefield and Chito A. Chavez)

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