Death toll from Luzon flood climbs to 11

The state disaster-response agency reported that the death toll from heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon rose to 11 as of Wednesday morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the latest fatalities as Darel Flores, 9, of Barangay Apalit in Floridablanca, Pampanga, who was electrocuted; and Ariem Menes, 19, of Barangay Poblacion in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, due to drowning.

Of the 11 fatalities, the NDRRMC said nine were buried in a landslide that hit their house in Lower Bayanihan, Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City. They were identified as Jethro Baylon, Jessica Baylon, Jayvee Baylon, Cecilia Baylon, Jayson Baylon, Joshua Castulo, Jezelle Joy Baylon, Jonica Castulo and Jonathan Castulo. (Read the rest of this entry)