At least 4 killed in Pangasinan, Baguio slides due to 'Mina'


Posted at Aug 27 2011 06:36 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2011 07:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - At least 4 people were killed as heavy rains brought by Typhoon "Mina" triggered landslides in Pangasinan and Baguio City on Saturday, authorities said.

Mina battered Northern Luzon, packing winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour before weakening upon landfall in Gonzaga, Cagayan.

In Pangasinan, siblings Reajen, 6, and John Rey Bautista, 5, were buried alive after a landslide struck their home in Barangay Rabon, San Fabian.

Meanwhile, relentless rains caused a slide that forced the retaining wall of Baguio's dump facility to collapse, killing two and hurting two others.

The bodies of siblings Revullar and Apolinario Flores were recovered from under the rubble. Their two other brothers, Frando and John, were brought to hospital for treatment, while their 68-year-old grandmother went missing.

Baguio's main Kennon road remained closed to traffic after a "stoneslide" in one of the camps there.

Baguio and other parts of Benguet province were also experiencing power outages as strong winds toppled power lines.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines earlier reported that three of its major transmission lines tripped on Saturday morning, causing power failures in areas in Benguet, Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

In Isabela, 13 families from the coastal town of Maconacon have been evacuated as floods started to enter their homes.

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy said water level in the province's Magat Dam was just 5 meters short of spilling level. He urged families in low-lying areas who have not yet evacuated to leave their homes immediately.

As Mina weakened, state weather bureau PAGASA lowered storm signal warnings in Northern Luzon. The signal number in Cagayan, Batanes and the Babuyan and Calayan group of islands was brought down to 3 from 4.

The provinces of Isabela, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra were still under signal number 2.

Under signal number 1 were Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Benguet and La Union. - With a report from Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN News