The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported three deaths and five injuries due to incessant rains brought about by the southwest monsoon that was enhanced by Typhoon Fabian.
In the latest situational report, the NDRRMC also said 19,521 families or 87,493 persons were affected by the effects of the weather system particularly in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Region 6, CAR, and the National Capital Region (NCR).
In a radio interview on Sunday, NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said one of the fatalities, a female, died when a tree fell on their vehicle along Kennon Road on Friday.
Her two companions were hurt.
The other two died after being hit by lightning in separate areas in the Ilocos Region but it has yet to be confirmed when the incidents occurred.
“We have three fatalities and five injured. Based on the report of the Cordillera and Region 1 DRRMC, one fatality was crushed by a fallen tree along Kennon Road. She has two injured companions,” Jalad said in Filipino. “The Region 1 (DRRMC) also has a report about a lightning incident that killed two persons.”
Of the 24,798 persons or 6,064 families displaced, there are 22,263 persons or 5,554 families in evacuation centers while the others sought temporary shelter with relatives.
The disaster bureau said P924,666 worth of relief goods were distributed to affected individuals on top of the assistance being distributed by their local government units (LGUs).
Massive flooding, several landslides, and flash flood incidents were recorded in the said regions.
The NDRRMC said the estimated cost of damage to infrastructure was at P2.481 million while the agriculture sector incurred P14.594 million worth of losses.
It said 345 houses were partially damaged while 109 were totally wrecked.
On Saturday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) estimated total damage and losses to Typhoon Fabian at P12.38 million.
The DA said at least 855 farmers are affected with volume of production loss at 228 metric tons and 906 hectares of agricultural areas in Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Western Visayas.
Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops and livestock. The values are still subject to validation.
The DA Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center is addressing the provision of aid and other forms of assistance to the affected farmers.
The agency also reported that it still holds 104,471 bags of rice seeds, 11,390 bags of corn seeds, and 1,949 kilograms of assorted vegetables for distribution.