The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council warned public and local disaster councils to expect more rains in the coming days due to the southwest monsoon or Habagat.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said monsoon rains will continue in various parts of the country until Friday even if Typhoon Fabian has already left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

“The state weather bureau also said that the country is currently experiencing mild La Niña which can bring a higher rainfall amount and winds,” the NDRRMC said.

Due to monsoon rains, 202,213 people or 50,676 have been affected in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the National Capital Region.

Among the said number, 38,472 persons or 10,242 families are temporarily residing in evacuation centers, while 33,767 people or 7,374 families are living outside evacuation centers. 

The NDRRMC added that about 480 barangays were affected by the southwest monsoon that was enhanced by Fabian. 

There have been 244 flooded barangays, four maritime incidents, a rockslide, a sinkhole, three storm surges, and a mudflow in eight regions, the NDRRMC added. 

About 13 roads and six bridges were unpassable to motorists due to high flood waters

The risk reduction agency also reported over P100 million worth of damaged crops with P2.4 million worth of damage in 125 infrastructures.  

Damaged homes reached 447 while 143 were completely destroyed. Ronald Espartinez