Death toll rises to 20 as Ineng exits PH

By , on August 25, 2015


Northern Luzon weather map (Photo from PAGASA)
Northern Luzon weather map (Photo from PAGASA)

MANILA – At least 20 people were killed and about P165 million was lost in damage to infrastructure and agriculture before typhoon Ineng left the Philippines at 12 a.m. Monday.

Over the weekend, two-year-old Reanne Quintero and her nine-month-old brother Regenty drowned while their five-year-old brother R-Gien went missing after their house along Manganvaka River in Subic was flooded and swept.

Last Thursday, 21-year-old Jubert Bumatay from La Union and 24-year-old Mark Tobias from Abra also died of drowning.

A total of 1,194 families or 5,416 people were evacuated in Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Autonomous Region while some 17,434 families or 75,348 people were affected in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Damage, on the other hand, amounted to P121.48 million loss in infrastructure and P44.2 million loss in agriculture.

Although Ineng has already exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that Luzon may still experience monsoon rains until today.

PAGASA then advised residents in Bataan, Zamabales, Pangasinan and Metro Manila to stay alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

The Philippines has been expected to experience improved weather conditions starting Wednesday as Ineng has been continuously moving towards Japan since yesterday.