MANILA – At least four people have died and 18 were missing on Wednesday in the northern and central Philippines due to floods and landslides caused by the tropical storm Maring.
Two brothers, identified as Justin and Jude Pundal (aged 14 and 17, respectively), were killed in the town of Taytay, near Manila, by landslides caused by the heavy rain on Tuesday, and four others were injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported.
A two-month-old baby also died and eight family members were injured after the deluge brought down a wall in Quezon, while an unidentified person drowned in Santa Rosa.
In Calamba, south of Manila, 13 people were missing after widespread flooding hit several homes.
The authorities have not yet provided an exact figure of those affected or evacuated due to the floods on the northern island of Luzon, home to the capital Manila.
Rainfall warnings have been issued for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Northern Quezon and South Aurora.
Classes were suspended for the second day in the capital and other surrounding cities.
By Wednesday morning, Maring had passed the Philippines and was headed toward the South China Sea at a speed of 15 kph, with winds of 60 kph and gusts of up to 100 kph.
Between 15 and 20 typhoons pass through the Philippines every year during the rainy season, which usually begins in June and ends in November.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall in the Philippines, caused 6,300 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing and 14 million affected.