Five people were confirmed killed while seven others remain missing as typhoon Mina (international name: Nanmadol) battered northern Luzon on Saturday.
Siblings Reajen, 6, and John Rey Bautista, 5, died after being buried in a landslide in Brgy. Rabon, San Fabian, Pangasinan, past 5 a.m., Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said.
Around 11:30 a.m., the retaining wall of the dumpsite in Brgy. Irisan, Baguio City, collapsed, burying several houses under the garbage, Cordillera regional police spokesman Supt. Engelbert Soriano said.
Tribular Flores, 13, and Apolinario Flores, 10, got killed while John Flores, 24, and Frando Flores, 15, were seriously injured, Soriano said in a text message.
Antonia Flores, 68, has yet to be found while Noime Cael, 22, and her sister Jinky Cael, 12, whose house was also buried, are also missing.
A landslide also occurred at Emerald Mountain, Brgy. Kias, around 10:30 a.m., killing miner Floro Soliven, Soriano said.
Two men, identified as Roger Manggid and Romeo Dang-ada, went missing after being swept away by floodwaters in Gregorio del Pilar and San Emilio, Ilocos Sur, Ramos told reporters in a phone interview.
Some 147 families or 620 people have already been evacuated in flooded areas of Maconacon, Isabela; Gonzaga, Tuao, and Sta. Ana in Cagayan, National Police spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.
Several rivers overflowed due to heavy rain, rendering the Cabagan-Sto. Tomas and Sta. Maria-Cabagan bridges of Isabela; Tawl, Penablanca, Bagunot, Abusag, and Capatan bridges of Cagayan impassable, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
In Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, 18 houses were partially destroyed as a tornado passed through Brgy. 18 San Isidro around 5 a.m., provincial police director Senior Supt. Marlou Chan said.
Cagayan, where the highest public storm warning signal No. 4 was hoisted, has been experiencing power outage since 10:30 p.m. Friday, the NDRRMC said.
Several areas in Isabela, from Santiago City to San Pablo, are also experiencing power interruptions like Tabuk, Kalinga, the agency said in a report posted on its website.
As of 5 p.m., Cagayan’s first district is still experiencing strong winds and heavy rain, provincial police director Senior Supt. Mao Aplasca said, adding the water of the Cagayan River has reached 7.9 meters. (John Roson)
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