Monsoon rains leave 17 dead

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.

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: