3 dead as rains swamp Cagayan: governor

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Posted at Nov 08 2019 12:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2019 03:34 PM

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MANILA — Three people have died as rains inundated the northern tip of Cagayan province for the 5th straight day, Governor Manuel Mamba said Friday. 

The tail-end of a cold front or the interaction of cold and warm air from the Pacific Ocean is bringing heavy rains in Cagayan and neighboring Ilocos Norte and Apayao provinces, said state weather bureau PAGASA. 

One Cagayan resident drowned, another was killed in a landslide while a third was electrocuted during the rains that sent 3,900 people to evacuation centers, said Mamba.

"First time po nilang makaranas ng ganitong flooding sa northern Cagayan, grabe po talaga... Kahit sa national highway sa Allacapan, umabot po sa hanggang dibdib [ang baha]," Mamba told radio DZMM. 

"Kanina nagpapa-rescue po iyong mga taga-Ballesteros... Tumataas daw iyong tubig," he added. 

(It's their first time to experience this kind of flooding in northern Cagayan. Even in the national highway in Allacapan town, the flood was chest-high. Residents in Ballesteros town this morning asked for rescue because the water was rising.) 

Most farmers in Cagayan, which produces corn and rice, had harvested their crops and were preparing their land for another planting season when the rains hit, said the governor. 

QUIEL ON WAY OUT 

Meanwhile, severe tropical storm Quiel may also spawn floods or landslides in Western Visayas, and Palawan and Mindoro provinces, while localized storms may dampen Metro Manila and the rest of the country, said PAGASA. 

Quiel, which may strengthen into a typhoon within 24 hours, was 430 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan at 10 a.m. said PAGASA. 

The country's 17th storm this year will leave the Philippine area of responsibility between Friday night or Saturday morning, added PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin. 

Another typhoon east of Luzon is not expected to enter the Philippine area, PAGASA said. 

DZMM, November 8, 2019