Flooding eases after killing 16 in Luzon

Widespread flooding that killed at least 16 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages.

In its 3 p.m. Wednesday bulletin, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 16 persons were reported dead — nine of whom were victims of a landslide incident in Lower Bayanihan, Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City and one from Valenzuela City due to drowning, three were from Pampanga, one from Zambales and two from Batangas province.

The NDDRMC added that four people were injured, 80,189 families were affected and 394,844 persons were evacuated. (Read the rest of this entry)