Severe Tropical Storm Maring displaces thousands in 4 regions – NDRRMC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — Thousands of families in four regions were affected by Severe Tropical Storm Maring, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.

In its situational report as of 5:30 p.m., the NDRRMC said the affected residents were from the Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa and Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon, as well as in the Caraga Region in Mindanao.

A total of 4,528 families, or 19,127 persons, in 122 barangays have been affected. Of this number, 728 families, or 3,221 displaced persons, are staying inside evacuation centers, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC said 1,216 families, or 1,968 persons, were pre-emptively evacuated in the regions of Ilocos, Eastern Visayas, Cagayan Valley and Caraga.

It said a total of 45 areas in the affected regions were inundated, adding that floodwaters in 17 localities have already subsided.

The situational report said the agency is validating 11 possible deaths, three injuries and seven missing persons.

The local governments of Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, and Pangasinan have suspended classes in all levels and work in government offices on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice President has formed two teams to assist those who were affected by Maring in Cagayan, Isabela, Benguet, and La Union.

Maring left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday morning but storm signals are still up in several areas, according to the state weather bureau.