NDRRMC reports 2 deaths, over 418,000 people affected due to heavy rains

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — Disaster officials say two people have died while over 418,000 individuals were affected by the southwest monsoon which has been enhanced by storms "Goring" and "Hanna."

The latest situational report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday said it is validating the deaths which were reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region and in Western Visayas.

The weather disturbances affected 418,192 people (114,724 families) in 28 provinces, with 3,884 pre-emptively evacuated.

According to the NDRRMC, the estimated cost of damage to agriculture has reached over P421 million. Over 10,000 farmers and fisherfolk were affected, and more than 18,000 hectares of crops were damaged.

It reported that 47 areas experienced power interruptions. In an update, the agency said electricity in 44 areas has since been restored.

"There are no outage/interruption on telecommunications as of reporting time," the NDRRMC said.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 1 is now up over more areas, including Batanes and the Babuyan Islands in extreme northern Luzon, as Typhoon Hanna intensifies' while moving closer to Taiwan.