Maring kills 19, leaves ₱1B agri damage — NDRRMC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — Nineteen people are confirmed dead while 13 others are missing in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Maring, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

The fatalities were recorded in Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, and Palawan, while the missing people were reported in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, and Palawan.

The NDRRMC is also validating reports of 11 other deaths in Cagayan and Benguet, as well as three injured persons, and one missing in Benguet.

Maring exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday after spawning floods and destructive winds in many areas.

Damage to agriculture rose to ₱1 billion, affecting farmers and fisherfolk in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and Cordillera, according to initial estimates of the NDRRMC.

Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and Cordillera suffered infrastructure losses worth over ₱66 million, the agency said.

The NDRRMC also said 325 houses were damaged. Eighty-nine of them were totally destroyed.

The wrath of the severe tropical storm affected 50,040 families or 194,677 individuals in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Caraga, Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has so far distributed ₱2.7 million worth of humanitarian assistance to affected areas in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera, Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova said in a media briefing.