MANILA, Philippines – More than 600,000 people are now affected by the combined effects of tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami) and the southwest monsoon, as the toll reaches 7, the government said Tuesday, August 20.
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The additional fatalities were reported in Bataan (1) and Pampanga (3), all due to drowning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its midmorning briefing Tuesday.
The previous NDRRMC report only had 3 people killed due to the severe weather conditions.
The number of injured people is still at 11, and 4 are still missing.
A total of 125,024 families (601,104 people) have been affected in regions I, III, IV-A, the National Capital Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). The bulk of the affected citizens reside in Regions III and IV-A, the NDRRMC said.
Sixty-four roads are affected by the monsoon rains, in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Metro Manila, and the Cordilleras.
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Torrential rain relentlessly battered the flood-soaked Philippine capital and surrounding farming areas on Tuesday.
The state weather agency warned the rain would continue through Tuesday, issuing its top level red alert for Manila and neighboring provinces.
The red alert means “serious flooding” is likely in low-lying areas, and more than 3 cm (1.8 in) of rain is expected every hour.
Watch a video featuring different places around Metro Manila affected by the heavy rains.
– With reports from Carmela Fonbuena and the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com