MANILA, (PNA) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday announced that the death toll from the monsoon-induced rain and floods on Luzon and Visayas has climbed to 27.
The NDRRMC reported that the rain and floods affected 33,976 families or 150,914 people in 197 villages in 22 towns and 11 cities in five provinces which include Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Laguna and Occidental Mindoro.
Of these, 6,819 families or 29,150 people are staying in 140 evacuation centers.
Hard hit by monsoon rains and floods, which also triggered a series of landslides, were Zambales and Bataan, with 27 confirmed fatalities.
Of the fatalities, six died in a landslide in Barangay San Isidro, Subic; one drowned during the flash floods in Olongapo City; 16 died in Cawag, Subic and drowned in Castillejos in Zambales and Dinalupihan in Bataan; and four members of the Lagasa family who died in a landslide in Castillejos, Zambales.
Five persons remain missing while seven others were injured.
The NDRRMC added that Rolando Tapic, who was initially reported missing due to a flash flood, was found alive Tuesday.
Damage to infrastructure in Zambales was initially estimated at P23.55 million, including P23.3 million in Castillejos and P250,000 in San Antonio town.
At least 31 houses were destroyed while 34 were damaged.