Tropical depression ‘Maring’ exits Luzon, leaves 4 dead

MANILA – Tropical depression “Maring” (international name Doksuri) brought heavy rains and strong winds to Luzon, leaving at least two minors and an infant dead before exiting the landmass.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that as of Wednesday morning, September 13,  Maring was 270 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales, with sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 90 kph.

Warning signals had been lowered but the tropical depression was still expected to bring light to moderate and occasional thunderstorms over the provinces of Bataan, Zambales, and Batangas.

Maring is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, September 14, when it was expected to be 565 kms west-northwest of Iba, Zambales.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) received reports of three landslide incidents in Calabarzon.

A landslide at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12,  in Taytay, Rizal left two teenage brothers dead, who were identified as Jude Pundal, 17, and his brother Justin, 14.

Two-month-old Steve Abas died while at least 10 others were injured after heavy rain caused a riprap protection wall to collapse later around 9:30 a.m. at the back of Mt. Carmel Diocesan General Hospital in Lucena City, according to various reports.

There were also reports of flooding in the cities of Malabon, Quezon, Parañaque, Pasig, and the provinces of Camarines Norte, Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, and Batangas.

A person yet to be identified reportedly drowned in a flash flood in In Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Twenty-two domestic flights were canceled while two international flights—Air Asia Flight AK 582 from Kuala Lumpur to Manila and Cebu Pacific flight 5J 102 from Guam to Manila—were diverted to Clark International Airport.

Around 1,170 people were also stranded in various ports in the Bicol region and Southern Luzon, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Typhoon Lannie

PAGASA also continues to monitor Typhoon Lannie  (international name: Talim), which it said is not directly affecting the country.

Lannie continues to move west-northwest at 22 kph towards Taiwan, with sustained winds of 125 kph and gusts of up to 155 kph.

PAGASA expects Lannie to be 585 kms north-northeast of Basco, Batanes, and outside the PAR by Wednesday evening, Sept. 13.

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