Four members of a family were killed while two others were injured when mud brought down by heavy rains buried their home in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur, on Saturday.

Killed were Miguel Mandao Sr., 46, and his children Miguel Jr., 13, Mario, 8, Belman, 4, Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said.

Injured were Mandao’s wife Soledad, 46, and another son, Jomar, 11.

Monsoon rains pounding on the mountains, which are already saturated by typhoon Gener, caused mud to fall down at the Mandaos’ home in Brgy. Cabaluran 4:30 p.m., Ramos said.

“Nakakalungkot ito dahil apat na naman ang namatay. Nawala na si ‘Gener’ pero patuloy pa rin ang pag-uulan. ‘Yung ating babala sa ating kababayan, maski kaunti-kaunti lang ang pag-uulan dahil sa habagat ay saturated na ang lupa, kailangang mag-ingat dun sa landslide-prone areas at flood-prone areas,” he said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council included the Mandao family in Gener’s list of fatalities and injured persons.

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, authorities recovered the body of 46-year-old Venice Sinopen, who was previously reported missing in Sigay, Ilocos Sur, bringing the number of deaths caused by “Gener” and the southwest monsoon to 46, Ramos said.

The typhoon and continuing effects of the southwest monsoon have already affected 190,196 families or 858,534 people in the Ilocos region, cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, and Southern Mindanao.

Some 236,960 persons, mostly in Cavite (150,919), Bataan (21,169), Laguna (14,151), Rizal (7,987), Cebu (5,408), Abra (5,138), Lanao del Norte (4,930), Metro Manila (4,892), Occidental Mindoro (3,905), Batangas (2,621), Iloilo (2,704), and Bulacan (2,249), remain in evacuation centers or are still taking shelter at the homes of relatives and friends, according to the NDRRMC.

The typhoon and continuous rains have already caused an estimated P339.806 million worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture to all the affected areas, the disaster agency said. (John Roson)

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