2 dead, at least 5 missing after Habagat, 'Karding' hit PH

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Weather officials say half of August's expected rainfall fell on Saturday, which led to massive flooding in areas in Metro Manila, including Marikina City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Authorities confirmed Monday that at least two people died and one remains missing following torrential rains and massive flooding triggered by the southwest monsoon (Habagat) that was strengthened by Tropical Storm Karding.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the two deaths were both from drowning. They include 61-year-old Gloria Mendoza from Quezon City and 36-year-old Dioscoro Camacho from Marikina City.

Edgar Buhay was reported missing after he fell in a creek in the Cordillera region, according to NDRRMC officer Romina Marasigan.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Senator Richard Gordon said they are also monitoring four people reportedly missing in Olongapo City.

The National Capital Region Police Office, meanwhile, reported that Manila police recovered a body of  a man who is believed to have died during the onslaught of the extreme weather in Paranaque City. The victim was identified as RJ Sealonga, 26.

Heavy rains have continuously battered the country since the entry of weather systems 'Henry', 'Inday', and 'Josie' in the past week. This has caused torrential rains and flooding in 124 areas in the Philippines.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) PAGASA Weather Specialist Aldzar Aurelio told CNN Philippines said on August 11, the country experienced more than half of August's expected rainfall.

Aurelio said of the 504 millimeter normal rainfall for the month, 270 millimeters or more than 53 percent drenched the country in just one day. This has led to serious flooding in Metro Manila, Rizal, and other parts of Luzon.

Residents have compared the recent floods to the intensity of Typhoon "Ondoy" in 2009, which held record-breaking floods causing the Marikina River to rise until approximately 23 meters. The Marikina River reached a peak water level of 20.6 meters on that day.

In 2009, Typhoon Ondoy which also led to severe flooding brought 455 millimeters of rainfall.

The NDRMMC said it has served 12,647 families or nearly 55,000 in 110 evacuation centers around the the country. Nearly 5,000 people are also being given assistance outside of evacuation centers.

Families in Region I, III, IV-A, IV-B, VI, NCR and the Cordillera Administrative Region have been given ₱44,491,298 worth of assistance by various government agencies, it added.

The Philippine National Police has deployed 2,323 personnel for search and rescue operations. It also said it will monitor, along with the Department of Trade and Industry, a price freeze on basic commodities where a state of calamity is declared.

Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992 provides a minimum 60-day price freeze for the areas where a of state of calamity is declared due to "major damages to property, disruption of means of livelihood, roads and normal way of life of people in the affected areas as a result of the occurrence of natural or human-induced hazard in disaster-stricken areas."

As of Sunday, the province of Cavite; the cities of Marikina, Olongapo and Balanga; and some municipalities in Bataan, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac have declared a state of calamity.

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