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Nine deaths recorded due to Henry, Inday, Josie —NDRRMC

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 7/28/2018 Galarpe, Karen
It's almost zero visibility at the flooded Roman Highway in Abucay, Bataan, on Sunday, July 22, 2018, as heavy rain spawned by the Southwest Monsoon and enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie continues to pound the province and many areas in Luzon. Photo courtesy of MBDA © Photo courtesy of MBDA It's almost zero visibility at the flooded Roman Highway in Abucay, Bataan, on Sunday, July 22, 2018, as heavy rain spawned by the Southwest Monsoon and enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie continues to pound the province and many areas in Luzon. Photo courtesy of MBDA

The series of tropical cyclones namely Henry, Inday, and Josie enhanced by the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) that hit the country in the past few days have left nine people dead so far, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

"As of yesterday, siyam 'yung validated although may ongoing validation pa," NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said in an interview on Super Radyo dzBB on Saturday.

In its situation report as of July 28, the NDRRMC reported that the casualties were from Rizal, Antique, Mt. Province, Malabon City, Pangasinan, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Caloocan City.

The victims were identified as Ailyn Sison, 19; Luisa Pelew, 54; Angelito Jipulan, 43; Renier Mendoza, 32; Jan Darwin Relucio, 11; Jerwin Geul, 13; Andrew Agapito, 3; Rosalie Agapito; 6; Winlito Tercio, 15; Frauline Magwa, 29; and Brix Boticario, 17.

According to the report, the victims' causes of death were mostly due to drowning brought about by heavy rainfall.

Jalad, meanwhile, said the number of fatalities may still increase due to ongoing validation by the Department of Health and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

"Kasi kailangan bago natin ilagay sa report na ang dulot ng pagkamatay ay related sa Habagat kailangan natin ng official  validation ng DOH at DILG... Kailangan masiguro kung ano ang cause ng pagkamatay," he said.

The NDRRMC chief added that several areas in Region III are still flooded.

"Sa Bulacan merong 30 barangay, sa Nueva Ecija merong 15 barangay at Pampanga merong 74 barangay," Jalad said.

"Iyong ating LGU [local government unit] ay namimigay ng assistance sa mga kababayan natin na naapektuhan. Tinutulungan din sila ng DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] sa supply ng food packs," he said. —Ted Cordero/KG, GMA News

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