April 26, 2018, 7:35 pm
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‘Maring’ leaves 5 dead

THE official death toll from storm “Maring” yesterday rose to five, with six other persons still missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

NDRRMC spokeswoman Romina Marasigan said the weather disturbance has also forced 1,857 families or 7,549 persons from Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon to stay in 116 evacuation centers.

Maring, which intensified from a tropical depression Tuesday night, and typhoon “Lannie” exited the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday afternoon.

Maring was headed for Vietnam and Lannie, southern Japan.

A cloud cluster over the Pacific Ocean might become a low pressure area. It was moving towards east of Mindanao yesterday afternoon and might enter the country in the coming days, said weather forecaster Robert Badrina.

The five confirmed fatalities from Maring are brothers Justine, 14, and Jude, 17, both surnamed Pondal, who both died in a landslide in Taytay, Rizal Tuesday; a three-month old baby who died in a landslide in Lucena City; Samantha Zamora, 12 who drowned in Pasay City; and Rosie Nasayao, 42 who also drowned in Silang, Cavite.

Marasigan said the agency has been hearing reports about other people who died due to Maring, and these are being verified. 

Reports from the field said among the dead are Dennis Oreta, 43, of Sta. Rosa City in Laguna (electrocution); John Carlo Moena Valle, 12, of Tiaong, Quezon  (electrocution); and Lawrence Murillo, 14 of Calamba City (drowning). The Antipolo police said a one-year-old boy died Tuesday from a landslide.

Marasigan said 1,857 families or 7,549 persons from Navotas City, Manila City, Taguig City, San Juan City, Valenzuela City, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon are still housed in evacuation centers. – With Angela Lopez de Leon and Christian Oineza
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