MANILA -- Monday's heavy rains which caused massive flooding in large parts of the Visayas and Mindanao has caused 18 fatalities.
This was disclosed Thursday by National Disaster Risk Response and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan in a briefing.
She said these figures are based from regional and local disaster response management councils.
Marasigan said the fatalities can be broken down into: nine from Zamboanga Del Norte; three in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; another three in Cagayan De Oro, also in Misamis Oriental; one in Cebu; one in Bukidnon; and another one in Misamis Occidental.
As of this posting, three persons were reported injured in the flooding in Cagayan De Oro and two missing in Cebu, along with another two missing in Zamboanga Del Norte and one missing in Misamis Occidental.
Initial reports indicated that most of the fatalities were caught unaware by the heavy rains and flooding brought about by the tail-end of the cold front.
Marasigan said the NDRRMC will look into these incidents to determine what really went wrong.
She added that they are looking into the possibility that the weather reports and updates on the weather disturbance that struck these areas did not particularly alarmed the people, hence they did not take any precautions.
Marasigan said they are planning to revise the messaging for these kinds of events so that people will take precautions that can save themselves and families. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency