Typhoon Mina leaves 8 dead in Cordillera

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Monday, August 29, 2011


BAGUIO CITY -- Typhoon Mina (international codename: Namnadol) left eight people dead, 10 injured and five missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region before it weakened into a tropical storm late Sunday.

Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chairperson Olive Luces said the collapse of a retaining wall in Irisan dumpsite claimed at least three lives and left two other persons missing.

Among the dead were Revillar, Noemi, Apolonia and Apolinario, all surnamed Flores. They were covered by tons of garbage.

Two other members of their family -- John and Franco -- were injured Saturday.

Also declared dead by the Department of Health were landslide victims Gefonie Cael of Asin Road and miner Floro Sulliven of Barangay Kias.

Rodolfo Gagucas of Ucab, Itogon, Benguet; and Alex Magno of Tuba, Benguet also died as Mina battered the region.

BAGUIO. Rescuers recover the body of a male nursing student who was declared missing after tons of garbage hit their house in the height of Typhoon Mina in Baguio City. (Zaldy Comanda)

Declared missing due to possible drowning and landslide were Apolonio Licupa of Rizal, Kalinga; Dagul Joaquin and Gregorio Padua of Tubo; Dindo Candido of Villaviciosa and Roberto Agaming of Manabo, Abra.

More than 14,622 persons were affected and evacuated as the Category 3 typhoon ravaged the region's 59 barangays.

Around 1,302 persons, meanwhile, were evacuated in barangays City Camp, Lower Rock Quarry, Lourdes Extension, Irisan, Loakan Proper and Guisad Surong in Baguio City; towns of Itogon, Mankayan, Tuba, La Trinidad and Tublay in Benguet; Tadian Mt. Province and Sta. Mariano in Apayao.

The 312 affected families took temporary shelter with their relatives or at 16 designated evacuation centers identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Over the weekend, Marcos Highway and Quirino Highway remained passable. Kennon Road, Nueva Vizcaya Road, Halsema Highway, Mankayan-Cervantes Road and many others remain closed due to numerous landslides.

Department of Public Works and Highways deployed 70 private and public hauling equipments to clear slides and road cuts caused by the typhoon.

Power interruptions were also experienced in many areas in the region due to fallen posts and cut electric lines.

A total of 109 damaged houses were also reported in 12 barangays in the region.

Agricultural damages are expected to reach more than P100 million, as strong winds destroyed vegetable, rice and corn farmlands.

Assistance extended by local governments such as canned goods, rice, water and other necessities are valued at P300,000, while the DSWD-Cordillera extended financial grants and family packs worth at least P40,000.

Mina, which is now a tropical storm, slightly weakened Sunday as it continues to move away from the country, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

It was spotted at 320 kilometers north northwest of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m. Sunday, packing winds of 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph.

Pagasa forecast Mina to move northwest at nine kph and is expected to be 520 kilometers north northwest of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday morning. (Sun.Star Baguio/Sunnex)

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