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Tropical Depression 'Josie' out, 'Karding' seen to enter Philippines

PhilStar Global logo PhilStar Global 7/23/2018 Helen Flores

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Josie left the Phil­ippine area of responsibility yesterday but a developing tropical cyclone was expected to enter the country within the next 24 hours.

Aldczar Aurelio, weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said a new low-pressure area was spotted at 1,495 kilometers east of Central Luzon as of 7 a.m. yesterday.

It was forecast to develop into a tropical depression within the next 24 to 48 hours and would be named Karding.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has so far confirmed only four fatalities during the onslaught of Josie but reports from the regions showed that 19 persons have died.

Meanwhile, Aurelio said the southwest monsoon, enhanced by Josie, would continue to bring scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan and Western Visayas.

Occasional rains, meanwhile, will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and the Visayas. 

PAGASA reiterated its warning to residents of these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, to brace for possible flooding and landslides.

Aurelio said the new weather disturbance was not expected to hit Philippines landmass.

However, it is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring rains over most parts of Luzon and the Visayas in the coming days.

Aurelio could not say yet whether the monsoon rains from the new weather disturbance would be as intense as in the past days.

“It’s still far (from Philippine landmass), so it’s still hard to predict the amount of rain it could bring over the country,” he said.

If the low-pressure area intensifies into a cyclone, it would be the fifth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this month.

Intense rains from the Josie-enhanced southwest monsoon caused creeks and rivers to overflow in parts of Luzon, triggering severe flooding in many areas over the weekend. 

Prior to Josie, tropical cyclones Gardo, Henry and Inday also induced monsoon rains this month. 

19 killed

Police and local officials reported that 19 people died at the height of the storm and the strong monsoon rains in Northern, Central and Southern Luzon.

Police reported that five persons died yesterday in Mindoro island.

Supt. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan police, said Nina Pernito, 28, and her one-year-old daughter Janna died in a landslide that hit Barangay Pag-asa in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Tolentino said Henry Pastor, 20, and Eddie Gado, 40, drowned in Barangay Maliwanag also in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

He said another victim, Jessie Manzo, was killed when a tree fell on him in Barangay Sta Lucia, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

Tolentino said flooded areas in Occidental Mindoro included three barangays in Abra de Ilog and several villages in Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro.

Police said two drowned in Rodriguez and Binangonan in Rizal province on Sunday.

Tropical Depression 'Josie' out, 'Karding' seen to enter Philippines © Miguel De Guzman Tropical Depression 'Josie' out, 'Karding' seen to enter Philippines

The remains of Jerwin Quel, 13, of Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, was recovered by policemen.

The body of an unidentified person was also recovered floating at the Laguna Lake in Barangay Tagpos, Binangonan town.

A landslide killed two persons on Sunday while six others were injured due to the storm in Zambales.

Rescue team officials identified one of the victims as Maria Veronica Rafael, 35, of Otero Avenue in Barangay Mabayuan, Olongapo City and a still unidentified security guard assigned at the Subic Bay Freeport.

Rafael’s five other relatives were injured when the landslide buried their house.

Two persons died after they were pinned down by a concrete wall washed out by floodwaters in Balanga City in Bataan last Sunday. 

The fatalities were not immediately identified, according to the Regional Disaster  Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC). 

Local officials of Balanga and Dinalupihan have placed their towns under a state of calamity while the provincial government likewise declared the entire province of Bataan under a state of calamity. 

In Ifugao, authorities recovered the body of a 73-year-old farmer who drowned while crossing the river in Barangay Calimag in Alfonso Lista town last Sunday.

Cordillera police spokesperson Chief Insp. Carol Lacuata said Crisencio Coloma was heading to his farm while riding a carabao-drawn cart when cascading waters swept him away.

The NDRRMC reported at least four persons dead during the past few days particularly in Luzon, while one person was reported injured and two others remained missing.

Such casualties and injuries were recorded and confirmed in Regions VII, Calabarzon, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the National Capital Region (NCR).

The NDRRMC said damage to infrastructure and agriculture has been placed at P381.6 million in Regions I, II, III, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, VI and CAR.  – Cecille Suerte Felipe, Michael Punongbayan, Non Alquitran, Evelyn Macairan, Louise Maureen Simeon, Bebot Sison, Ding Cervantes, Raymund Catindig, Eva Visperas, Artemio Dumlao

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