(UPDATED 5:29 pm) The death toll from rains and floods brought about by the southwest monsoon which was enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring has climbed to 17. At least 41 were injured, while 5 others are still missing.
Over 267,551 families or more than 1.2 million individuals have been affected in 31 cities and 112 municipalities across 16 provinces.
As of Thursday, damage to infrastructure and agriculture was pegged at nearly P80 million.
"Kasalukuyan pa tayong nag-aasses ng damages pero po yung dinaanan po ng baha Southern Tagalog particularly Laguna, Cavite, Rizal area, NCR, at kasulukuyan sa Pampanga na ito namang sinasalasa nitong paguulan at pagbabaha," National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council spokesperson Maj. Reynaldo Balido told ABS-CBN.
Five provinces, 8 cities, 9 municipalities are still under a state of calamity.
While the country is just starting to recover from the flooding caused by Maring, weather bureau PAGASA is now tracking 2 new low pressure areas that might affect the country in the coming days.
According to weather forecaster Buddy Javier, one low pressure area east of Mindanao can enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the next 48 hours.
He said there is a chance the system can intensify into a tropical depression since it is out at sea and gathering strength. But he also said there is a chance the system can dissipate.
Javier said it might be too early to determine which areas in the country will be hit by the system.
He also said another LPA was spotted east of Luzon. But Javier said it looks like the system is tracking a northward direction and might not enter PAR.
President Noynoy Aquino was in the Tinabunan Elementary School in Imus, Cavite Thursday morning to distribute relief goods to around 170 families there.
Aquino told Caviteños, they have identified a 50-hectare area that will serve as a catch basin for floods, saying this will improve the flooding situation in the area in at least a year's time.
Later, he visited Kawit, Cavite which was also submerged in floods.
Meantime, Rosario, Cavite Mayor Nonong Ricafrente said the water from Bakaw River has inundated 7 barangays of the town.
In Noveleta, some areas remain submerged in floodwaters.
Cavite residents are still trying to recover from the wrath of habagat and Maring, but they also have to deal the mud left in the wake of the flooding. Some residents of Rosario, Cavite had to throw away the things which were no longer functional.
Four towns in Bulacan are still submerged in floodwater.
The release of water from Bustos Dam and the high tide caused floods in Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos, and Obando, Bulacan Governor Willie Alvarado said in an interview with DZMM.
Around 9,000 families were evacuated.
Alvarado said the province could experience more floods if the Pampanga River will continue to swell.
More than half of the 500 barangays in Pampanga are inundated. The Pampanga River is still at a critical level as rains continue to persist.
Residents and business owners complain of loss of income as they cannot resume their business operations due to waist-deep floods.
A pending flood control project is their only hope to solve perennial flooding in the province specifically in the towns of Dinalupihan and Hermosa, Bataan.
Bataan Governor Albert Garcia said some have raised the possibility that the construction of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) has prevented the water from leaving some barangays.
Floods and landslides have also affected provinces in the Cordillera region.
Vegetable farms were not spared from the wrath of the bad weather. In Ifugao, rotten vegetables were thrown away, as vegetable traders were not able to go Manila because of the flood. Prices went down because of the supply surplus.
DAGUPANFlood waters continue to rise because of the continuous rains and high tides. At least 18 barangays were flooded at the height of the monsoon rains.
As of Thursday morning, 128 families seek temporary refuge at the Dagupan City People's Astrodome.
Many children in the evacuation centers are starting to get sick but authorities said everything seems to be in control.
Some 3,000 families in Laguna remain in evacuation centers as floods persist in the area. 69 barangays in Laguna were affected by the rains brought by Maring and the southwest monsoon. More than 20,000 families or nearly 85,000 individuals were affected.
The local authorities plan on implementing a long term solution to avoid similar incidents to happen. Local authorities are eying the construction of a mega dike to ease the flooding.
All roads and bridges are now passable.
The water level in Marikina River remains at alert level 2, Mayor Del De Guzman told ANC. De Guzman said if the weather condition will improve, the water level in the river may continue to go down.
Based on PAGASA's forecast, the water level will go down by midnight, he added.
Meantime, despite the health problems in various evacuation centers, flood victims were still advised to stay in the evacuation centers for their safety.
Some evacuees at the People's Astrodome in Cainta Rizal were coping with the difficulties of living in evacuation centers.
Evacuees said, they had to use improvised beddings such as mats, chairs, and tables.
They are also in need of medicine, food, potable water, clothing, and portable toilets and evacuees are starting to get sick.
Northern and Central Luzon will continue to experience rains today but less than what parts of the country have been experiencing for the past days.
According to weather bureau PAGASA, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Ilocos and the Cordillera will experience monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
This as Tropical Storm Maring eased its hold on the southwest monsoon. Maring, known for international name “Trami”, is now being felt in northern Taiwan.
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