Maring leaves 3 dead, ₱608M agri damage

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — Three people died following a landslide in Baguio City while 29,063 farmers and fisherfolk in Luzon and the Visayas suffered agriculture losses worth over ₱600 million amid the onslaught of tropical cyclone Maring, authorities said Wednesday.

Rescue personnel retrieved the bodies of two missing children aged 12 and four on Wednesday morning, the Baguio City Public Information Office said. The body of a 49-year-old male was found early Tuesday, the local government reported.

For its part, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said a 33-year-old woman from Badoc, Ilocos Norte was confirmed missing. The agency is still validating 13 possible deaths, three injuries, and eight missing persons.

Crops, houses damaged; thousands affected

Meanwhile, losses as of Wednesday stood at ₱608.5 million, the Department of Agriculture's disaster management unit said. Affected were 29,063 farmers and fisherfolk from Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas.

At least 109 houses in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga, and CAR were damaged due to the weather disturbance, the NDRRMC said.

Maring affected 6,111 families or 21,511 individuals from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Caraga and CAR, NDRRMC added.

The NDRRMC also reported that 53 areas in affected regions were flooded, but the flood in 40 localities already subsided. It also noted 14 landslide incidents.

As of 4 a.m., Maring was last located 765 kilometers west of Calayan, Cagayan, outside the Philippine area of responsibility, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration warned areas in northern Luzon of possible flooding and rain-induced landslides in the next 24 hours due to high saturation of soil caused by large amounts of rainfall brought by the storm.