BAGUIO CITY — Widespread flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ulysses left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera regions when it battered Northern Luzon.
An avalanche of mud and rocks buried five individuals in Barangay Viewdeck, Banaue, Ifugao, on Thursday night, the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera Administrative Region said. The victims included a 3-year-old boy and a 71-year-old male. Also buried in the landslide were engineers and maintenance crew from the Ifugao second district engineering office of the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Police said the victims were inside a 2-story house that the landslide swept into a 100-meter deep ravine at around 11:00 p.m. The DPWH said their personnel were inspecting damaged roads in Sitio Nabitu and took shelter at the house.
Rescuers were able to dig out Joel Harold Guinyang from the piles of soil and boulders in time. He is now at the Good News Hospital for treatment.
Among the missing are DPWH engineers Julius Gulayan and John Limoh.
In Benguet, a 30-year-old man identified as Malner Damilo of Barangay Sebang in Buguias town died after another landslide buried him on Thursday afternoon. Damilo was fixing his car when loose soil and rocks collapsed from a nearby slope and fell on him.
Another victim, Felix Boguite, 60, a farmer died when a clump of bamboo slipped and crashed on his house at Talete, Busoc, Poblacion, Atok, Benguet. The incident happened on the early morning of November 12. Atok Police Chief Captain Jayson Eugenio said the victim suffered head injuries resulting to his death.
DPWH estimated a P529.99 million cost of damages Ulysses caused in the region. The Department of Agriculture Cordillera, on the other hand, pegged the damages to crops at P73.5 million.
In Nueva Vizcaya, ten people perished after several landslides hit a mining area in Barangay Runruno, Quezon town on Thursday afternoon. Those who died included a two-month-old baby. The slide hit the houses built from light materials. Four more were reported missing in the incident inside the mining site of FCF Mining Corporation.
Another landslide buried a house at Barangay Bitag Grande in Baggao, Cagayan province. Four members of a family died in the incident. Authorities identified the fatalities as Frank Jay Pagulayan, 19; King Jim Bragasin, 18; Ian Philip Pagulayan, 17; Virginia Bautista, 60.
Meanwhile, a resident of Alcala town also in Cagayan drowned in the floods. Doctors from the Alcala Hospital pronounced Marlon Bajet Cabrido, 42, from Barangay Baculod dead on arrival at around 11:23 a.m., November 13.
The provinces of Cagayan and Isabela experienced severe flooding after heavy rains caused the Cagayan River and its tributaries to swell.
At around 5:00 p.m., November 12, Magat Dam opened seven of its spillways, which lasted until morning of November 13. Notice from the NIA-MARIIS said that as of 5:30 p.m. November 13, five spill gates remain open.
As of 5:00 p.m., November 13, the PAG-ASA Northern Luzon Station reported that the Cagayan River Basin’s water level is still above the critical alarm level. The agency said flooding persists in the different parts of the valley. It advised local governments to take the necessary action, especially in areas near the rivers. (with reports from Sherwin De Vera) ●