A man who returned to the rice field to check on his cows at the height of severe tropical storm “Maring” in Luna, La Union, apparently drowned and became the 41st fatality of the typhoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported (NDRRMC) on Tuesday October 19.
The NDRRMC said Jessie Castillo was found dead in a rice field in Brgy. Suyo on October 15th after several days of search and rescue work.
He was among the six people previously reported missing in La Union due to Maring, now considered to be one of the deadliest and most devastating typhoons this year.
Accordingly, Castillo went “back to the rice fields to check” [on] his cows [in] Brgy. Sto Domingo, Norte, but did not return. ”
Authorities believed Castillo must have drowned when the water in the rice field suddenly rose when Maring poured heavy rains in northern Luzon.
In total, the NDRRMC has recorded 24 confirmed deaths while 17 more are still being validated.
A total of 14 deaths have been recorded in Ilocos Sur, nine in Benguet, seven in Pangasinan, five in Palawan, three in Cagayan, two in La Union and one in Ilocos Norte.
Of those who died, 22 drowned or were swept away in a flash flood, 14 were killed in landslides, one was electrocuted, while the cause of death of four others has not yet been confirmed.
There have now also been 17 missing people – five each in Ilocos Sur and La Union, four in Palawan and one each in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Benguet.
Maring recorded a total of pesos 2.2 billion in agricultural damage and a pesos 1.9 billion loss in infrastructure in just five days of devastation in Responsible (PAR) Oct. 12.
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