'Maring' death toll rises to 23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — At least 23 have been killed due to the onslaught last week of Severe Tropical Storm Maring, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council confirmed on Sunday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said this count is apart from 17 other reported fatalities that were still being validated.

It listed the causes of deaths as drowning, flash floods, landslides, and electrocution.

The NDRRMC added that 16 persons were confirmed missing. It was also validating reports of two other missing individuals, as well as three injured.

Maring affected 611,705 people in 1,380 barangays when it hit the country. These are in the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Caraga, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

The storm left around ₱2.17 billion worth of damage and losses to agriculture. Meanwhile, the cost of damage to infrastructure is estimated at ₱1.05 billion.

From a low pressure area, Maring intensified into a tropical depression on Oct. 7. It left the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm on Oct. 12.