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(UPDATE) Southwest monsoon rains leave 66 people dead

With the massive damage it has left the country, it could be called a storm—but it wasn’t.

The Southwest monsoon rains, or Hanging Habagat, which battered the country last week, has now left 66 people dead, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Around 45,381 families or 207,243 persons in the National Capital Region (NCR) alone were affected by flooding based on gathered data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

A total of 460,273 families or 2.11 million individuals who were affected came from the NCR and Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, and VI.

These affected families still need basic commodities like food, water, clothing, and infant diapers, among other things.

New LPA ahead

Another Low Pressure Area (LPA), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical  Services Administration (PAGASA), has been spotted today at 2 a.m., estimated at 1,370 kilometers East of Northern Luzon.

PAGASA said it may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday and may even intensify into a storm.

With this, the agency advised the public to remain vigilant at all times.