Death toll in Cagayan Valley, Kalinga landslides, floods rises to 13 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 10:46

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- The death toll in the floods and landslides that hit northern Luzon rose to 13 as three more bodies were retrieved in separate places in Isabela, according to military, police and disaster risk-reduction management center reports on Saturday.

Colonel Loreto Magundayao, 5th Infantry Division spokesman and civil-military operations battalion chief, said the latest recovered bodies in Isabela were those of 57-year-old Pedro Garro of Bagabag, Santo Tomas town; 18-year-old John-john Lachina of Lanna in Tumauini town and Willie Magusib of Villaluz, Benito Soliven town.

Garro was drowned while on his way back to their house on Nov. 5 to retrieve flooded belongings while the two others were drowned while retrieving drifted wood.

Earlier, reported flood-landslide deaths in Isabela were Leanette Balao, 32, and her children Jayleen, 9; Erica, 6; and Richelle, a five-month-old girl, all in far-flung Libertad, San Mariano town; Arnold Tumbaga, 9, of Dipuso, San Mariano, and Willie Resurreccion of Yeban Norte, Benito Soliven.

In Cagayan, confirmed dead were 77-year-old Corazon Allam of Tuguegarao City, who was drowned; and brothers Victor, 40, and Jovic Quiyang, 26, of Lapi, Penablanca, Cagayan, who were buried in landslides.

Magundayao said the search-and-retrieval teams have reported that only three of the 16 barangays in Santo Tomas town have been flooded on Nov. 4 and 5. They rescued families isolated by floods. Two Army truckloads of relief goods were distributed to villagers in the said town, he added.

In Kalinga, a 75-year-old farmer, identified as Leon Liagao died after a mudslide hit his home in Tabuk town’s Bulanao village in Kalinga province, a local disaster risk-reduction center report earlier said.