13 families evacuate as floods hit Isabela


Posted at Aug 27 2011 12:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2011 07:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Thirteen families from the coastal town of Maconacon, Isabela have been evacuated as floods started to enter their homes amid heavy rains brought by Typhoon "Mina."

In an interview over radio dzMM, Isabela Governor Faustino Dy said the situation may worsen if water spills over Magat Dam.

Dy said water at the dam has reached over 190 meters, just 5 meters short of the spilling level.

Dam officials, meanwhile, said they would be forced to release water from the dam once it reaches critical point. It urged families in low-lying areas -- who have not yet evacuated -- to leave their homes.

Typhoon Mina continues to batter northern Luzon, bearing sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near its center.

Signal Number 4 remains hoisted over norther Cagayan, Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands. Signal Number 3 is up over Isabela, the rest of Cagayan and the Batanes Group of Islands.