12 die due to heavy rains on Zamboanga Peninsula

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — Heavy rains this week left 12 dead on Zamboanga Peninsula, local officials said Saturday.

Seven died in Zamboanga City, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said in its report covering October 15 to 21. Three were injured.

Zamboanga City has been placed under a state of calamity due to flooding caused by typhoon Paolo and a low pressure area hovering over Philippine territory.  A state of calamity will allow the quick release of funds needed for relief and rehabilitation.

The youngest casualties were five-year-olds Sisphir Hassan who died of electrocution in Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City and Maridel Terrano who died after a landslide in Barangay La Victoria, Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Others died of drowning and other accidents caused by the bad weather.

The RDRRMC said 4,385 families or 21,189 residents have been evacuated in 21 barangays in the region.

Almost 800 houses were either partially or totally damaged.

Authorities said relief operations are ongoing.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday said typhoon Paolo will continue to dump rain on the Zamboanga Peninsula and other regions including Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro.

Paolo intensified and accelerated ahead of its expected exit Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the low pressure area near Mindoro has already dissipated.