October 13, 2021 | 10:16 am
MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) left more than 21,000 people affected in five regions, disaster officials said on Wednesday, as they also validated 13 reported deaths.
The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said 1,513 families or 5,852 people fled to emergency sites, while 1,324 families or 5,673 were staying elsewhere.
Some 237 barangays or villages were affected in the Ilocos region, the Cagayan valley, central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga and the Cordillera administrative region, the agency added.
Maring, the 13th storm to hit the Philippines this year, left the country’s jurisdiction on Tuesday with the storm signals officially lifted this morning.
The NDRRMC said it was investigating 13 reported casualties as a result of the storm, as well as nine missing and three injured.
The cost of damage to agriculture immediately rose to 493.76 million pesos, with the Ilocos region being the hardest hit with damage worth 262.51 million pesos.
There was no word yet on the cost of infrastructure damage. But the NDRRMC said 109 houses were damaged – 55 fully and 54 partially.
Electricity has also been cut or interrupted in 102 towns or municipalities, and supply has been restored to 58 areas so far.
Officials said Wednesday morning they had recorded 53 floods, 40 of which have since subsided and 13 have receded.
There were also 14 reported landslide incidents, mostly in the Ilocos region and CAR.
The NDRRMC added that aid worth P 743,897 was provided to the two regions, mostly in the form of food parcels and hygiene kits as well as financial assistance.