MANILA, Philippines — Severe Tropical Storm Maring leaves nine dead, two injured, and 11 missing as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Tuesday, October 12.
According to its regional arm, four fatalities were recorded in La Trinidad (3) and in Itogon (1), Benguet due to landslides caused by STS Maring. One was reported in Claveria, Cagayan due to drowning; while four were recorded in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan which was caused by a flash flood.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) also reported that the two injured victims were from Buguias and Itogon, Benguet.
The 11 missing individuals were reported in landslides in Dominican Mirador (3), Central Ambiong in La Trinidad (2), and Barangay Tuding in Itogon (1) in Benguet. One is reported missing Badoc, Ilocos Norte where search and rescue (SAR) operation is still underway. Four are also recorded missing in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan due to flashflood.
The agency said that 15 incidents of flooding and four incidents of landslides were reported in the wake of STS Maring.
Incidents of flooding were recorded in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, 6, and CAR.
A total of 478 families and 1,638 individuals were affected by STS Maring, displacing 259 families or 889 individuals in Regions 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR.
STS Maring has also affected 24 roads and 10 bridges which as of this writing is still not passable. These are in Region 1 (six roads), Region 2 (4 roads, 10 bridges), and CAR (14 roads).
The NDRRMC also said that the Ambuklao Dam has opened 8 gates and will start the gradual release of water on Tuesday afternoon after its water level reached 751.09 meters out of the Normal High Water Level (NHWL) of 752.00 m.
Binga Dam, on the other hand, has opened 6 gates and may start a gradual release of water in the afternoon as the water level reached 574.41 out of the 575 meters NHWL.
Meanwhile, the water level in the San Roque Dam which catches the water from Binga Dam is now at 275.14 meters out of the 280 meters NHW. The dam may start the gradual release of water Tuesday afternoon, said the NDRRMC.
The NDRRMC said local government units have requested support at the RDRRMC level.
The RDRRMCs have deployed their teams for clearing and SAR operations, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine National Police.
The agency is also currently conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA) in the affected areas.
The NDRRMC will also deploy its air assets for aerial assessment in Region 2 as soon as weather permits. —/mbmf