Death toll in Northern Luzon floods reaches 13

TWO more persons reportedly perished from floods and landslides that hit several towns and cities in Northen Luzon as heavy rains pummelledthe area for days, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday.

The death toll has reached 13 with three persons still missings from floods and landslides that swept across three regions in Northern Luzon,  reports at the PNP’s Central Operations Center (COC) in Camp Crame said.

The PNP COC reports said that the bodies of the two latest landslides victims, Jovic and Victor Quilang were recovered by army troops hours after they were buried in a landslide in Penablanca town in Cagayan province.

At least two cities, 41 towns and 391 villages in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions, which is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Juan, have been affected by continuous rains.

The PNP said 106, 923 families or a total of 417, 318 persons have been affected by floods.

Some of the victims have been housed in 52 evacuation centers set up by national and local government agencies.

Landslides have also rendered at least 20 road sections and six bridges in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora and Apayao have been rendered impassable to all types of vehicles.

The reports added that several residents have already returned to their homes after floods in the 15 villages of Casiguran, Aurora, four villages in San Mariano, Isabela and two villages in Lubuanga, Kalinga province subsided.

While all station commanders in the municipalities of Cagayan were told to coordinate with their respective mayors to initiate forced evacuation
of residents along the Cagayan river, where Chico River dumps water, reports said.

The PNP and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have already dispatched several more rubber boats and search and rescue teams in the affected areas for search and rescue operations, the reports added.

The tail-end of a cold front brought continuous heavy rains, causing floods and landslide to hit to Northern Luzon region since last October 31, the reports said. Anthony Vargas

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