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Maring makes deadly landfall

  • Written by Gemi Formaran, Arlene Rivera, Gil Aman and Celso Lidot
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Featured FLOOD-PRONE Manila streets again went under water as tropical depression Maring rampaged in southern Luzon forcing jaded Metro residents to scramble for ways to keep from wading in murky water, including hanging on at the rear of vehicles and paying for a ride on makeshift rafts. Photo by: Jon-Jon Reyes FLOOD-PRONE Manila streets again went under water as tropical depression Maring rampaged in southern Luzon forcing jaded Metro residents to scramble for ways to keep from wading in murky water, including hanging on at the rear of vehicles and paying for a ride on makeshift rafts.

THREE people were killed, including a two-month-old baby, seven others injured and 15 missing after tropical depression “Maring” yesterday battered the Calabarzon region.

In Bgy. 11, Lucena City, a two-month-old infant yesterday died while seven others suffered injuries when the  cement wall of a Catholic Church-owned hospital collapsed at the height of heavy rains.

Lucena City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) head Janet Gendrano identified the fatality as Renzo Abas, who suffered severe injury when covered by the wall.

Those injured were 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.

The victims were in their makeshift houses when a riprap wall of the Mt. Carmel Diocesan General Hospital suddenly collapsed, hitting all of them at 10:40 a.m. yesterday.

Gendrano said the collapse was triggered by heavy rains that softened the soil where the wall stands.
    
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 other residents were hurt.
    
All victims were rescued by members of the LDRRMC and rushed to the hospital, where the baby died while being treated.
    
In Taytay, Rizal,  Jude Pundal, 17; and his younger brother Justine, 14; were killed in a landslide that hit two makeshift houses in Bgy. Dolores around 4 a.m. yesterday.
    
Their parents  Jun and Judith and two other siblings survived but  sustained injuries.
    
Engineer Elmer Espiritu, head of the Taytay Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO),  said the family was sleeping when the landslide, triggered by heavy rainfall, occurred.
    
He said the people living the area have been warned on Monday about possible landslides but refused to evacuate.
    
Barangay Dolores is prone to landslides.
    
According to Espiritu, since 1994, they are  prohibiting the construction of houses in the area due to the danger of landslides but instead of heeding the advise, villagers built more houses.
    
In Calamba City, Laguna, 14 people were reported missing as “Maring” pounded the province with heavy rains and strong winds.
    
Search and rescue operations have been launched for the missing residents of Bgy. Parian located near the San Cristobal river which had overflowed due to heavy rains.
    
Residents said the river suddenly overflowed and flashfloods tore their houses.
    
In Nagcarlan town, a landslide brought by heavy rains destroyed two houses.
    
In San Pedro City, five families affected by flooding were brought to an evacuation center in Bgy. Landayan
    
More than 100 families who were affected by massive flooding in Bgy. Pulo, Bgy. San Isidro,  Bgy. Banlic and Bgy. Diezmo in Cabuyao City are seeking refuge at their respective barangay halls.
    
In Los Baños, around 13 families from Bgy. Maagas, eight families from Bgy. Tungtunging Putho and a family from Bgy. Bangbang were evacuated to the Central Elementary School.
    
There were also reports of flooding in the boundaries of Bgy. Sto Tomas and Dayap, Bgy. Masapang in Victoria, Laguna was not passable due to floods.
    
In Cavinti town, fallen trees blocked the road in Bgy. Anglad.
    
Meanwhile, in Cavite, a woman identified as Rossie Nasayao was also reported missing in Bgy. Biluso, Silang municipality.

STATE OF CALAMITY
    
The Laguna government is set to declare the province under a state of calamity after the province suffered severe damages brought by typhoon “Maring.”
    
Since last night, a big portion of the province was under water due to heavy rains.
    
The Laguna Action Center has monitored 13 towns and cities that were under water.
    
Knee-deep water were monitored in the towns of Calauan, Nagcarlan, Paete, Siniloan and Mabitac as well as in the cities of San Pedro, Cabuyao, Calamba and Sta. Rosa.
    
Rommel Palacol, head of the Laguna Action Center said a total of 157 families from Los Baños, Nagcarlan, Cabuyao and San Pedro were evacuated to safer grounds.
    
Rivers have overflowed causing flooding in Sta. Cruz, Bae, Pagsanjan, Calamba  and Sta. Rosa City.
    
The Nagcarlan-Sta. Cruz, Nagcarlan road and Nagcarlan to San Pablo roads were  unpassable yesterday due to landslides.
    
A huge crack was noted under the Sta. Cruz Bridge after a barge rammed its post. The bridge, which connects Sta. Cruz to Pagsanjan, was closed to traffic.

HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS STRANDED
    
The Coast Guard Action Center reported that 473 passengers, 57 rolling cargos, 17 vessels and a motor banca were stranded at the Batangas Port due to “Maring.”
     
In Oriental Mindoro, 158 passengers, 23 rolling cargos and seven vessels at the Calapan Port were prevented to travel.
     
At the Port of Romblon, five rolling cargos and a vessel were not allowed to sail due to bad weather.
     
A total of 45 passengers, seven rolling cargos and a vessel  were stranded at the Port of Dalahican in Southern, Quezon.
     
In Atimonan, Quezon, 43 passengers were stranded at the Port of Dinahican in Northern Quezon,
     
In Bicol region, a total of 1,195 passengers, 141 rolling cargos, 43 vessels and 33 motorbancas were not allowed to sail.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS CANCELLED
    
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) yesterday cancelled 10 domestic flights due to “Maring.”
    
Some of the flights include Philippine Airlines 2P 2921/2922 Manila-Legazpi-Manila, Skyjet M8 421/422 Manila-Siargao-Manila, Skyjet M8 816/817 Manila-Basco-Manila, Cebgo DG 6031/6032 Manila-San Jose Mindoro-Manila. Cebgo DG 6041/6042 Manila-Busuanga-Manila
    
Maring yesterday made a landfall in Mauban, Quezon.
    
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued orange and yellow rainfall warnings in Metro Manila and Luzon provinces, including Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.
 
The provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Rizal and Quezon were placed under the yellow warning alert.
    
“Maring” caused class suspensions in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon provinces.
    
The PAGASA said “Maring” is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow.

With Jun Legaspi and Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca