Maring leaves over ₱4-B damage as death toll rises to 24

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — Severe Tropical Storm Maring left over ₱4 billion in damage to infrastructure and agriculture during its onslaught last week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest situational report on Tuesday.

The storm left around ₱2.25 billion worth of losses to agriculture in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Caraga, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Meanwhile, the cost of damage to infrastructure is estimated at ₱1.94 billion in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Caraga, and CAR.

The Ilocos Region was the most affected region, after incurring ₱1.49 billion and ₱1.04 billion losses in agriculture and infrastructure, respectively, due to Maring.

Meanwhile, at least 24 persons were confirmed dead due to drowning, flash floods, landslides, and electrocution. The agency is still validating 17 other reported fatalities.

The NDRRMC added that 15 others were also confirmed missing, while two were injured.

Maring affected 907,189 people in 1,735 barangays in eight regions.

From a low-pressure area, Maring intensified into a tropical depression on Oct. 7. It left the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm on Oct. 12.