Deaths caused by ‘Maring’ up to 16

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    FOUR more deaths were reported yesterday due to tropical storm “Maring,” including two children whose remains were recovered yesterday in Baguio, as the toll rose to 16, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

    The other two deaths were reported in Ilocos Sur, one of them buried in a landslide in Barangay Tiagan in San Emilio town last Monday, while the other was swept by flashfloods in Barangay Candalican, Sta Cruz also on Monday.

    The Baguio City government reported the recovery of the remains of two children who were earlier reported missing due to a landslide in Dominican Hill-Mirador last Monday.

    A report from Baguio City police chief Col. Glenn Lonogan said the bodies of Kasidee Ocampo, 4, and Judy Rose Tulipas, 12, were retrieved at around 10:20 a.m. by a rescue team composed of police, military, and fire bureau personnel.

    The NDRRMC and Cagayan province officials earlier reported 12 deaths due to Maring – six in Benguet, four in Palawan, and two in Cagayan.

    As of yesterday, the NDRRMC said it has received reports about the death of 13 people – excluding the two reported by Baguio City yesterday and the drowning of a 33-year-old woman in Cagayan reported on Tuesday by the provincial government.

    The NDRRMC said the 13 deaths are subject to further validation.

    The NDRRMC said 6,111 families or 21,511 individuals from the Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga, and Cordillera Administrative Region have been affected by Maring, with 2,837 families or 11,525 individuals currently in evacuation centers.

    Damage to agriculture in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley and CAR was initially pegged at P493 million, the NDRRMC said.

    The agency said 109 houses in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga and CAR were either destroyed or damaged.