MANILA - (UPDATE) A 40-year-old man died after he was swept by rushing floodwater due to typhoon 'Rosita,' in Roxas town in Isabela, his family said Wednesday.
The local government is investigating the veracity of the claim, citing indications that the man could have died prior to the onslaught of the typhoon in the town.
At least 5 villages in the town were swamped by flashfloods after Rosita made landfall in Isabela. Floods have subsided Wednesday but it left thick mud on roads and houses.
The typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rains that brought down trees and lampposts, tore down roofs from small houses, and even damaged a major bridge.
After the Siffu Bridge in Roxas town collapsed, motorists going to or coming from Tuguegarao City in Cagayan have been advised to take other routes.
Rosita has weakened into a tropical storm on Wednesday morning. All cyclone warning signals were lifted as the storm headed out of the Philippine area of responsibility.--report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News