Death toll from 'Gener' climbs to 14
Residents of Brgy. Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal rest at the village's covered court where they evacuated following warnings of possible flooding as heavy rains spawned by typhoon 'Gener' doused Metro Manila. (photo by Ed Estabaya, InterAksyon.com)
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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2 - 3:18 p.m.) The death toll from typhoon “Gener” and the southwest monsoon it enhanced climbed to 14 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Ipo Dam opened one of its gates and began releasing 48.2 cm of water at 2:05 p.m. after water reached the spilling levels of 100.95 meters.
Classes remained suspended in several local government units in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Late Wednesday morning, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim also belatedly announced the suspension of classes from pre-elementary to high school from 11 a.m. This was after what the weather bureau called a "monsoon surge" swamped Roxas Boulevard in thigh-deep floods and closed it to traffic.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the latest fatalities were a still unidentified woman and her child, who drowned in Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.
The NDRRMC identified the other fatalities as follows:
- Priscilla Pacyaya, 64 - died in a landslide in Itogon, Benguet
- Clinton Idio, 15 - died in a landslide in Tubay, Benguet
- Mariel Manzo, 11 - hit by a fallen tree branch in San Agustin, Romblon
- Edna Ibanes - crushed by an uprooted coconut tree in Cajidiocan, Romblon
- Ieyan Hayo, 28 - drowned in Mariveles, Bataan
- Ernest Flores - died of a respiratory ailment onboard a roll-on/roll-off vessel that ran aground off Romblon
- Teodoro Flores - pinned by a coconut tree
- Bernald Buzon – drowned, body recovered in Rosario, Cavite
- Merly Datinguinoo - drowned after boat capsized
- Danieles Hipolito - electrocuted in Cavite
- Ronald Necor - drowned in Antique on July 28
- Renante Jauculan Jr. - drowned in Dipolog City
Angelito Bicoy from Quezon remains missing.
The NDRRMC also reported that over 100 persons were rescued, mostly from the vessel that ran aground off Looc, Romblon.
The typhoon also affected over 63,000 families or over 303,000 persons mostly in Luzon. Of these, 1,027 families or 4,619 persons, were evacuated.
Over P2 million-worth of agriculture and livestock were also damaged by the typhoon, particularly in the Cagayan Valley region.
Meanwhile, classes in the following places remain suspended Wednesday:
- Quezon City: pre-school to high school, public and private
- Rodriguez, Rizal: all levels
- Pasay City: pre-school to high school
- Marikina: pre-school to high school
- Baguio City and Benguet: pre-school to high school
- Ternate, Cavite: pre-school to high school
- Naic, Cavite: all levels
- Bulacan: Bocaue, Marilao and Obando, all levels; Ubihan and Zamora elementary schools in Meycauayan West
- Navotas City: all levels
- Mandaluyong: pre-school to high school
- Valenzuela: Rincon ES, Pasolo ES, Isla ES, Tagalag ES, Coloong ES, Pio Valenzuela ES, Wawangpulo ES, A. Deato ES, P.R. San Diego ES, Nuestra Senora De Guia Academy,
- San Diego Parochial School, Polo National High School, St. Joseph Academy (up to high school)
- San Juan: grade school to high school
- Imus and Rosario, Cavite: all levels
- Rodriguez, Rizal: all levels
- Miriam College: classes suspended up to high school including SAID and MAE
- St. Jude Manila: all levels
- UE: pre-school to high school in Manila and Caloocan
(with a report from Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com)