Deaths from ‘Ulysses’ floods in Cagayan Valley reach 29

By Villamor Visaya, Jr.

November 17, 2020, 8:03 pm

<p>Google map of Cagayan Valley</p>

Google map of Cagayan Valley

TUGUEGARAO CITY – The number of fatalities from floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan Valley has risen to 29, the regional disaster risk reduction and management office said Tuesday.

Thirteen died in Cagayan province -- four due to landslide, six due to drowning, and three due to electrocution, Office of Civil Defense regional director Harold Cabreros said.

In Isabela, five people drowned, mostly while harvesting driftwood from floods after the typhoon.

In Nueva Vizcaya, the bodies of 10 people were unearthed in a landslide in Barangay Runruno, Quezon town.

In Quirino, one drowned and one remains missing.

Three persons were also reported injured in the region.

On Tuesday morning, water at the Buntun bridge had receded to a 6.74-meter level from the dangerous 13.3 meters at the height of the massive floods, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Tuguegarao said.

Water at the Magat Dam was at 192.21 meters above sea level. Only one gate had a two-meter-high opening, with an inflow of 620 cubic meters per second and an outflow of 713 cms.

A total of 46 villages in the region remain isolated due to floods, making relief operations difficult, responders said.

Still isolated were Barangay Batu in Enrile town, 12 villages in Baggao, 14 villages in Amulung, eight villages in Alcala, two villages in Lal-lo, eight villages in Sto. Niño, all in Cagayan province; and Barangay Malapagay in Sto. Tomas, Isabela.

Still closed to traffic is the Claveria-Leaño road in Claveria town while the Kalbaryo Hills road in Sta. Praxedes, both in Cagayan, is now passable but only to light cars. (PNA)