'Mina' affects 15,000 families in Cagayan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 27 2011 09:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2011 12:01 AM

Cagayan River continues to swell

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Mina” continues to batter Cagayan province, affecting more than 15,000 families in 15 municipalities.

The Cagayan Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CDRRM) reported that as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, there were 15,424 families affected by continuous rains and landslides in the province.

“We have reports ngayon na kung saan ang ating municipalities na talagang medyo binabayo ng bagyo, 15 na noong mga nakaraang oras,” CDRRMC Program Director Bonifacio Cuartero told radio dzMM on Saturday.

Among the municipalities badly hit by Mina are Alcala, Gansagan, Ikig, Gasam, Piñablanca, Tulana, Sta. Ana, Amugong and Sta. Teresita.

In Piñablanca, 10 villages were affected by landslides.

“May aksyong ginawa ang Municipal Disaster Prevention Council together with PDRRMC heavy equipment, inumpisahan na kanina ang clearing operations,” said Cuartero.

Authorities are also preparing rescue efforts as the Cagayan River continues to swell because of the rains.

The river’s water level has already reached 8.5 meters, causing water to overflow in 6 provincial bridges.

“We'll be preparing our men together with our equipment and pupunta kami sa unang bayan na maaring matamaan ng pagbaha,” said Cuartero.