Quiel leaves 3 dead

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By RAYMUND CATINDIG

TUGUEGARAO, Ca­gayan – At least three peo­ple were killed and two went miss­ing in flash­floods brought by mon­soon rains in Ca­gayan, of­fi­cials said yesterday.

Ca­gayan po­lice di­rec­tor Col. Ariel Quilang said some 4,000 fam­i­lies in the re­gion were dis­placed by the mon­soon rains trig­gered by Trop­i­cal Storm Quiel.

Of­fi­cials said Ce­sar Bal­lad, 40, and Ariel Ver­sola, 32, were miss­ing af­ter be­ing car­ried away by strong cur­rents while cross­ing the river in Barangay Tarabba, Peñablanca and Im­mu­rung, Bag­gao, re­spec­tively, last Thurs­day.

Bal­lad was rid­ing a horse that was re­trieved life­less by vil­lagers on the same day, Quilang said.

Ear­lier, Jeremiah Sar­ing, 14, died af­ter be­ing elec­tro­cuted while walk­ing in their flooded

pub­lic park where an elec­tri­cal wire was sub­merged in Barangay Cen­tro 1, Aparri.

Two fa­tal­i­ties were ear­lier re­ported last Wed­nes­day in Clave­ria, where a man died while his daugh­ter was in­jured when their house was buried by land­slide in Barangay Mag­dalena, Clave­ria.

A 10-year-old boy also drowned in the flood­wa­ters in the same town on the same day.

In Apayao prov­ince, a pro­vin­cial board mem­ber and a po­lice­man per­ished on Thurs­day af­ter the house they sought refuge in dur­ing the heavy rains was buried in a land­slide in Barangay Diba­gat, Kabugao town.

Of­fi­cials iden­ti­fied the vic­tims as pro­vin­cial board mem­ber Butz Man­galao and Cpl. Rom­mel Gu­mi­dam.

Quilang said a po­lice team from the Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Mo­bile Force Com­pany was de­ployed in var­i­ous ar­eas in the prov­ince to as­sist in re­lief and res­cue op­er­a­tions dur­ing the calamity.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment said at least 4,000 fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated to safer grounds in Sta. Praxedes, Clave­ria, Sanchez Mira, Balles­teros, Pam­plona, Bag­gao, Lasam and Al­la­ca­pan.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Clave­ria and Al­la­ca­pan and nearby Calanasan, Apayao which were sub­merged by flood­wa­ters have de­clared a state of calamity.

The state weather bureau said Quiel was ex­pected to exit the Philip­pine area of re­spon­si­bil­ity within the next 24 hours.

How­ever, the tail-end of a cold front will still bring mod­er­ate to oc­ca­sion­ally heavy rains over Ca­gayan, in­clud­ing Babuyan Is­lands, Apayao and Ilo­cos Norte to­day, the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and Astro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA) said yesterday.

Light to mod­er­ate with in­ter­mit­tent heavy rains will pre­vail over Min­doro prov­inces, Palawan and Western Visayas due to Quiel, which was forecast to move west to­ward Viet­nam.

PAGASA weather forecast Ray­mond Or­di­nario ad­vised res­i­dents in these ar­eas to re­main vig­i­lant against pos­si­ble flood­ing or rain-in­duced land­slides.

Rough to very rough seas will also con­tinue to af­fect Batanes, Babuyan group of is­lands, north­ern coast of Ca­gayan, Ilo­cos Norte, Ilo­cos Sur, La Union, Pan­gasi­nan, Zam­bales and Bataan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the coun­try, mean­while, will ex­pe­ri­ence partly cloudy to cloudy skies with iso­lated rains due to thun­der­storms this week­end.

Quiel was forecast to in­ten­sify into a ty­phoon as it ex­its the Philip­pine area of re­spon­si­bil­ity between last night and this morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Or­di­nario.

As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the cen­ter of the storm was spot­ted at 430 kilo­me­ters west of Coron, Palawan, pack­ing winds of 430 kilo­me­ters per hour near the cen­ter and gusti­ness of up to 110 kph.

It was forecast to move south­west at 10 kph.

Quiel is the 17th trop­i­cal cy­clone to en­ter the coun­try this month and the first this month.

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