Twenty-three people died from the onslaught of severe tropical storm Maring in the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said Sunday.
In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said landslides and flash floods triggered by Maring in Northern Luzon and Visayas reportedly caused 40 fatalities, of whom 23 had been confirmed while 17 were still being validated.
The reported casualties were from Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Palawan, and Benguet provinces.
NDRMMC said 16 people were missing, adding it was also validating the case of two others.
The storm caused P2.17 billion worth of damage to agriculture and destroyed infrastructure worth P1.056 billion.
Maring damaged nearly 7,400 houses in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas and Caraga.
Some 284 road sections and 34 bridge sections were also affected by the storm, based on the report.
Power has been restored in 117 of the 137 cities and municipalities that experienced interruption or outage. Meanwhile, water services resumed in 5 of the 8 cities and municipalities that experienced supply interruption or outage.
Four areas in the Ilocos region are still experiencing communication outages.
The government has provided P35 million in aid to the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley Region, Mimaropa and Cordillera Region, according to the NDRRMC report.