By Erwin Beleo, Franco Regala, Francis Wakefield and PNA
At least three children died, two of them buried alive in a landslide in La Union province while another drowned in Pampanga as tropical storm “Inday” intensifies and continues to dump heavy rains in various parts of the country.
Buried alive by a landslide inside their home in Barangay San Francisco, Agoo, La Union at dawn on Friday were John Jonard D. Galleros, 12, and his younger brother Joseph, 11.
In Angeles City, Pampanga, seven-year-old Juzlyn drowned when she and her 10-yearold sibling Justine were
swept away by strong current after falling into the Abacan River in Barangay Sapa Libutad.
Two weather systems – “Inday” (international name Ampil) which has intensified into a severe tropical storm, and a new low-pressure area (LPA) spotted outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) – are enhancing the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” bringing intermittent moderate to heavy rains in most of Luzon over the weekend.
In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was last observed at 475 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
Ilocos and Cordillera regions, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija,
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience scattered light to moderate with occasional heavy rains until Saturday.
Residents in these areas are warned against possible flooding and landslides. Sea travel is risky over the western seaboards of Luzon due to the southwest monsoon.
“Inday” is expected to exit the PAR between Friday night and Saturday morning.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Friday said that a total of 40,256 families or 162,022 people from 195 barangays in Regions III (Central Luzon), Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), VI (Western Visayas) and National Capital Region (NCR) were affected by Inday and the southwest monsoon or habagat.
Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, the Executive Director of the NDRRMC and concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), of the families affected, 33,977 families or 145,527 people are being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
Jalad, at the same time, said that the NDRRMC has recorded 18 incidents such as flooding, strong winds, soil erosion, and coastal erosion in Regions III, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, VI, and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).
As of Monday, 12 coastal barangays of Naic, Cavite have been placed under a state of calamity due to flooding. These are: Labac, Mabulo, Bancaan, Bagong Karsada, Bucana Malaki, Sapa, Bucahan Sasahan, Munting Mapino, Timalan Balsahan, Timalan Concepcion, Balsahan and Latoria.
Jalad said that due to rough seas, a total of 96 passengers, six vessels, and six motorized bancas were still stranded in the ports of Palawan, Aklan, Camarines Sur, and Batangas due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by Inday.
He added that a total of 13 road sections and one bridge were affected and declared not passable in Regions I, III, VI, and CAR.
The NDRRMC chief said to date, a total of 199 barangays and 46 streets/ areas were flooded in Regions I, III, Calabarzon,Mimaropa, CAR, and NCR.
As of 8 p.m. Thursday, flood in 35 areas in Cavite, Rizal, Valenzuela City, Pampanga, Parañaque City, and Occidental Mindoro have already subsided.
Jalad said a total of 14,390,160 worth of assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units.