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Killer Maring submerges MM!

  • Written by ARLENE RIVERA & ZAIDA DELOS REYES-PALANCA With Efren Montano, Gemi Formaran, Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca, Gil Aman & Celso C. Lidot
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2 siblings buried alive, baby crushed to death

TWO young siblings were buried alive in a landslide in Taytay while a three-month-old baby boy was crushed to death in Quezon following heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression ‘Maring’ yesterday morning.
    
A CNN Philippines report also said that an infant died as ‘Maring’ submerged Metro Manila and others parts of Luzon.
    
The victims, identified as Jude Pundal, 17, and his younger brother Justine, 14, were rushed to Taytay Emergency Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.
    
Their parents,  Jun and Judith, and two other children survived but also sustained injuries in their bodies due to the accident.
    
According to Engr. El-mer Espiritu, head of the Taytay Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), and reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),  the landslide occurred while the family were sleeping inside their makeshift house in Maba-yan Mango, Bgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal, at around 4 a.m.
    
Espiritu said the landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall. He said residents in the area have been warned about possible landslides last Monday, but most of them refused to evacuate.
    
Bgy. Dolores is prone to landslides.
    
Meanwhile, Malacañang suspended yesterday government work in Metro Manila and nearby areas affected by ‘Maring.’
    
“Upon the recommendation of the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council), the Office of the Executive Secretary has announced that work in government offices in Metro Manila, Region 3 and Ca-labarzon are hereby suspended,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced yesterday.
    
The Supreme Court also suspended work in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon courts due to the flooding and inclement conditions brought by the weather system.
    
Several local government units had earlier announced suspension of classes in Metro Manila, the provinces of Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal and in other areas.
    
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) suspended the number coding scheme due to bad weather caused by the tropical depression.
    
In Quezon, two-month-old Renzo Abas died while seven others were injured when a cemented wall of a Catholic Church-owned hospital collapsed at the height of heavy rains in Bgy. 11, here, yesterday morning.
    
Janet Gendrano, head of the Lucena City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC), said Abas suffered severe injuries after he was covered by the wall.
    
Gendrano identified those injured as Jefferson Solomon, 5, Jon Cedrex Silvio, 5, Princess Nicole Silvio, 9, Mary Faith Solomon, 30, Reniel Abas, 29, Sarah Dolim, Julie and John, all surnamed Rivera.
    
Gendrano said the victims were inside their makeshift house when the riprap wall of Mt. Carmel Diocesan General Hospital suddenly collapsed, hitting all of them at 10:40 a.m.
    
The wall separates the hospital from small houses mostly owned by informal settlers.
    
She said other small houses were also hit by the wall but no one was hurt.
    
All the victims were quickly rescued by members of LDRRMC and rushed to the hospital but the infant died while being treated by attending physicians.
    
In Laguna, 13 persons were reported missing, mostly residing along the creek of Bgy. Looc, Calamba City, due to ongoing heavy rains brought about by ‘Maring’. They were Aries Mendoza, 41, Eden Lacdao, 28, Edward Mendoza, 4, Aries Mendoza Jr., 2, Eureka Monge, 5, Francen Jane Monge, 5, and Eufracio Monge, 1.
    
Meanwhile, Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez urged the Office of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan, thru the Office of the Provincial Board Secretary, to declare a state of calamity brought about by ‘Maring’ and Typhoon Lannie based on reports submitted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
    
As of yesterday, 828 families were at the evacuation centers while six persons were reported missing.
 
Rommel Palacol, head of Laguna Action Center, said the families from Los Baños, Nagcarlan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Calamba, Paete and Cavinti were evacuated.
    
Rivers have overflowed, causing flooding in Sta. Cruz, Bae, Pagsanjan, Calamba and Sta. Rosa City.
    
Nagcarlan-Sta. Cruz Road as well as Nagcarlan-Road and Nagcarlan to San Pablo Road were not passable due to landslides.
    
A huge crack was noted under Sta. Cruz Bridge after a barge rammed its post. The bridge connecting Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan was closed to traffic.
    
Landslides and fallen trees were also reported in Bgy. Anglad, Cavinti, blocking road in the area.
    
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the heavy rains early Tuesday were the “peak” of Maring’s rainfall capacity.
    
PAGASA said Maring is expected to weaken after it made landfall in Mauban, Quezon at 9 a.m. The storm is moving west at 15 kph and crossed Metro Manila yesterday afternoon.
    
Storm Signal no. 1 was up over the following areas in Luzon: Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Camarines Norte, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Northern Quezon, including Polillo Island, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Rizal,Southern Aurora, Tarlac, Zambales
    
Marikina City officials raised alerts for the possible overflow of the Marikina River.
    
The river reached 15 meters, prompting officials to raise alert level 1. This means residents along the riverbank should prepare for possible evacuation.
    
Pre-emptive evacuation will happen if the river rises to 16 meters, and forced evacuation when water level reaches 17 meters.
    
A number of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were cancelled as well.
    
2 storms in PH
    
PAGASA is also monitoring Typhoon Lannie (international name: Talim) off the northern tip of the country and is on its way to Taiwan.
    
Weather forecasters said “Lannie” will not have an impact on the country. It was spotted 865 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m., moving west at 24 kph towards Taiwan. It has winds of up to 120 kph and gusts of 145 kph. It is expected to exit Philippine territory by Thursday.