Three people died while five others were injured in northern Philippines as the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) continues to bring rains and strong winds over most parts of the country, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad said Sunday.
"Mayroong tatlong casualty, patay, at saka five injured, pero hindi ito related sa landslides at flooding," Jalad said in an interview on Super Radyo dzBB.
(Three died and five were injured but these are not related to landslides and flooding.)
One of the casualties was from a road accident on Kennon Road in Cordillera Administrative Region, the NDRRMC official said.
He further said the person died after a tree fell on his vehicle. Two people inside the vehicle were also injured.
Meanwhile, in Region 1, two were killed because of lightning incidents.
Almost 90k affected
In its situation report on Sunday morning, the NDRRMC said that 87,493 individuals or 19,521 families in 212 barangays have been affected so far by the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon Fabian.
A total of 24,798 individuals evacuated, with 22,693 of them staying in evacuation centers.
NDRRMMC said the affected areas are Region 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 6, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).
On Saturday, NDRRMC reported that over 14,000 people were moved to evacuation centers as monsoon rains continued to affect Metro Manila and other areas.
Power interruption or outage was experienced in 12 municipalities and cities. Seven areas had their power restored as of Sunday morning.
A total of 178 barangays were flooded in Region 3, Mimaropa and NCR. Flooding has subsided in 15 barangays as of 8 a.m. Sunday.
Seven roads and four bridges were rendered impassable in Region 3, Mimaropa, Region 6 and CAR.
Meanwhile, 24 rain-induced landslides were reported in Region 1, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 6, and CAR.
There was also one rock and mudflow incident in CAR.
The monsoon rains also caused damage to agriculture worth an estimated P14,593,900, the NDRRMC said.
This represents damage to at least four hectares of crops in Region 1.
Meanwhile, damage to infrastructure has been estimated to reach P2,418,000 in Regions 1 and 6.
These include 374 damaged houses in Region 3, Calabarzon, Region 6, CAR and NCR.
The NDRRMC said assistance has already been extended to affected areas in Regions 3, 6 and CAR.
Jalad further said that half of the funds of NDRRMC under the 2021 national budget were already spent. But he noted that they can still ask for funds from the Department of Budget and Management.
"Kukuha sa ibang budget but of course mayroong gastusin na masasakripisyo (They can get from other budgets but of course there are some expenses that will be sacrificed)," he said.
State weather bureau PAGASA earlier warned that monsoon rains, enhanced by Typhoon In-Fa (formerly Fabian) and Tropical Storm Nepartak, will affect Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and Calamian Islands on Sunday.
Fabian exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday. —KG, GMA News