• 80,000 displaced by heavy rains

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    THE number of people displaced by heavy rains spawned by the southwest monsoon rose to more than 80,000 even as officials advised disaster mitigation teams to remain on alert particularly in hard-hit areas.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday the number of dead people remain at five. Of the victims, two died after they were hit by a collapsed firewall in Oroquieta Street, Santa Cruz, Manila and three by drowning in Sampaloc, Manila, Barangay Mariana in Quezon City and Janiuay, Iloilo.

    A fisherman, Ruben Pahilagmo of Barangay Bognuyan, Gasan, Marinduque, was declared missing.
    The council said 80,467 persons composed of 19,406 families were affected in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog region, Negros Island and Metro Manila. It added that 50,592 people or 11,087 families were still in 104 evacuation centers.

    Concerned government agencies, particularly the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Department of Health (DOH) as well as local government units were attending to the basic needs of the affected families, the report said.

    The NDRRMC also reported that at least 38 houses were damaged, 12 of them totally destroyed in Bataan, Negros Occidental and Iloilo.

    The weather bureau advised the public to take precautionary measures as heavy rains will continue to hit the Ilocos region, Benguet, Zambales and Bataan.

    Light to moderate rains will fall on Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Cagayan Valley, rest of Central Luzon, rest of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon.

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