Quiel leaves 3 dead
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.