Monsoon rains leave 17 dead

(UPDATED) Most of the fatalities drowned or were swept away by flood. The latest victims recovered are from Rizal and Pangasinan.

FLOODED: Aerial view of Laguna. Photo by the Philippine Air Force

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The death toll from the southwest monsoon has risen to 17, according to an update from disaster management and local officials on Wednesday night, August 21.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified 15 fatalities in its 4 pm briefing Wednesday.

The 16th victim – Nelson Fenales Fausto Jr of Teresa, Rizal – was identified in a report of the Office of Civil Defense in Region 4-A.

In Pangasinan, provincial administrator Raffy Baraan said a body was recovered, but authorities have yet to identify the victim.

Most of them drowned or were swept away by flood. The death toll stood at 9 Tuesday night, August 20.

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Habagat was enhanced by tropical storm Maring, which was almost stationary off Batanes until it finally left the Philipine Area of Responsibility 7 am Wednesday, August 21.

The fatalities, based on NDRRMC record, are the following:

1. Franco Pedrito Cawayan of Cabugao, Apayao
2. Jeric Sorgelio of Mariveles, Bataan
3. Renato Lacsamana of Lubao, Pampanga
4. Jian Charles Centeno of Malolos City
5. Justin Viray of Minalin, Pampanga
6. Celedenonio Gamban of Tanza, Cavite
7. Austin Betasolo of Binangonan, Rizal
8. Joros Miyage of Tanza, Cavite
9. Rustom Valeria Despeda of Sariaya, Quezon
10. Roman Sanchez of Lubao, Pampanga
11. Lodigario Padado of Bulacan
12. John Genesis Javier of Cavite
13. Roberto Capili Guzman of Imus City
14. Constine Modesto of Imus, Cavite
15. Purita Malos of Paranaque City
Four people remain missing. 

Metro Manila remains on yellow alert, meaning residents should expect moderate to heavy rains. – 

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