No. of fatalities in Cagayan, Kalinga floods and landslides reaches to 13 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:08

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- The fatalities rose to 13 in the Cagayan Valley and Kalinga floods and landslides as three more bodies were retrieved in separate places in Isabela, according to military, police and disaster risk-reduction management center reports on Sunday.

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

Garro died when he was drowned while on his way back to their house under water on November 5 to retrieve his belongings while the two others were drowned while retrieving drifted woods.

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 November 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.