another typhoon Flood Iloilo City Philippines
Posted 05 August 2009 - 03:00 PM
At least 50 villages in Iloilo City were flooded due to monsoon rains brought on by Tropical Storm Kiko (international codename Morakot), forcing the local government to declare a state of calamity.The state of calamity was declared Tuesday after 6,884 families of the 50 villages in Jaro and La Paz districts were submerged in floodwaters.The city government said it will use 5 percent of the city's P47-million annual fund to assist the affected residents.
As of 11 a.m., weather bureau PAGASA said the storm was 1,030 kilometers east northeast of Basco town, Batanes province, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 120 kph.The storm was moving near Basco town at a speed of 13 kph.The weather bureau said it expects the storm to move nearer Basco town by Friday morning.It said the storm was enhancing the southwest monsoon, bringing occassional rains over Luzon and Western Visayas. With a report from Maria Ausente, ABS-CBN Iloilo
Posted 07 August 2009 - 01:50 AM
Two more persons have been reported dead on Friday, bringing typhoon Kiko's (international codename: Morakot) death toll to 9.A report received by the Central Luzon regional police office said two male bodies have been retrieved by police retrieval and rescue teams in Sta. Lucia and San Agustin villages in Capas town, Tarlac province as of 11 a.m. Friday.The regional police office also received a report that the foreign mountaineer found dead in the Pinatubo volcano area in Barangay Sta. Juliana, Capas was female.Police also recovered the body of Fidel Reyla, a village watchman earlier reported as a guide of a group of Canadian and Korean mountaineers that were trapped at the Pinatubo area at the height of typhoon Kiko.The latest body count brought the typhoon's death toll to 9.
Senior Superintendent Nestor Gergonia, Baguio City Police Office chief, said brothers Michael, 13; Edu, 12; and Chris, 7, all surnamed Piska, died after their home in Camp 8 along Kennon Road was hit by a landslide at 12:30 a.m. Friday.Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of the victims.Zambales Governor Amor Deloso, meanwhile, said his office received a report Friday morning that a couple died in a flashflood that hit Botolan town late Thursday. Deloso said the couple's bodies have been found. He said teams have been dispatched to confirm the report.Botolan Mayor Roger Yap said the town's council has placed the town under a state of calamity.Yap said 10 villages have been submerged in 4-foot to 5-foot deep floods after the Bucao River overflowed late Thursday. The villages were Paudpod, San Juan, Batonloc, Carael, Tampo, Paco, San Miguel, Binig, Bangan, and Capayawan
Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:03 AM
| | More (Updated 11:47 AM) A Canadian national and a Filipino who were trekking to Mt. Pinatubo were confirmed dead in Tarlac on Friday as strong floodwaters continue to ravage parts of Central and Northern Luzon.Central Luzon police head Chief Superintendent Leo Nilo dela Cruz told GMANews.TV that the two trekkers were part of a bigger group that encountered heavy rains and floodwaters on Thursday as they traveled to the famous volcano.De la Cruz did not immediately identify the two fatalities, but described the foreigner as a female. Earlier, Tarlac police chief Senior Superintendent Rudy Lacadin identified the local resident as Fidel Reyla, a village watchman of Sta. Juliana village in Capas town.Based on initial reports, De la Cruz said in a separate radio dzBB interview that the tourists were on board a 4x4 truck when it overturned in a rampaging river. De la Cruz has ordered search and rescue operations in the area.
"We are still looking for their companions," De la Cruz said, "At least two other Canadians are missing."
Dela Cruz said at least eight tourists were rescued, including three Koreans, three Filipinos, and two "foreigner-looking" tourists. He did not immediately name them.Also, dela Cruz said he has ordered an investigation of local police for allowing the tourists to proceed to Pinatubo despite rainy weather in past days.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:16 AM
9 dead in floods, slides due to ‘Kiko’
MANILA, Philippines — At least nine people, including three foreigners trekking on Mt. Pinatubo, died in flash floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon “Kiko” (international codename: Morakot) in Central and northern Luzon on Thursday and Friday, according to reports gathered by the Inquirer.Strong rains caused the O’Donnell River in Capas, Tarlac, to breach its banks on Thursday afternoon, sweeping three foreigners and their Filipino guide in the current.Senior Supt. Rudy Lacadin, Tarlac police director, said three Koreans and six French nationals survived the flash flood that occurred as they descended Pinatubo on Thursday afternoon.The Tarlac police and the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) identified the fatalities as Cholet Martine and Callet Thierry, both of France; Staylenan Walter of Belgium; and their Filipino guide, Ordonio Fernando.The foreigners were part of a group of eight French nationals and one Belgian who registered at the Pinatubo Development Center in Capas at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday for a trek on Pinatubo, according to Tarlac Gov. Victor Yap.“We have no excuses for what happened. We will do further work to ensure the visitors’ safety,” Governor Yap said.
Since 1993 when the Department of Tourism began the treks to the volcano and transferred management of the program to the local government in 2001, no tourist was reported to have met major accidents in the area.Yap has suspended the treks indefinitely for safety reasons.....In Baguio City, three brothers were killed when a landslide hit their house on Kennon Road at 12:30 a.m. Friday, according to reports from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the Cordillera.OCD Cordillera operations coordinator Alex Uy said brothers Eduardo, Michael and Chris Piska, aged 13, 12 and 7, respectively, were killed when their house in Barangay Camp 8 collapsed.Another brother, Benro, 14, was injured. Their parents were able to get out of the house before it collapsed, Uy said....In Barangay Kias, at least 10 pocket miners were hurt and three others were reported missing after a landslide swamped the area where they were working.Rafael Valencia, a member of the local group Rescue 911, said some of the miners were rescuing five of their companions who were buried by an earlier landslide in their shack when another landslide hit at about 9 a.m. Friday.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:33 AM
At least 73,171 people were affected when typhoon "Kiko" lashed parts of the country, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Saturday...As of 8 a.m., the NDCC said 14,590 families or 73,171 people were affected in 58 villages in three cities and six towns in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Metro Manila.Of these, 1,085 families or 3,959 people were evacuated to nine evacuation centers.The death toll stood at 10, while 18 were injured including 12 in Baguio City and six in Barangay Sta. Juliana in Capas, Tarlac...Bacani drowned and was recovered along the banks of Sta. Julian River. Dumaplin died of a heart attack during the typhoon.
Damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Benguet and Pampanga alone was initially estimated at P4.26 million, including P2.75 million to infrastructure and P1.51 million to agriculture.At least 23 houses were destroyed and six damaged.Tublay, Atok, a portion of Benguet State University, Atok Trail, Tuba, Camp 3, Itogon and Central Halili in Benguet continued to experience power interruptions.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:47 AM
A typhoon slammed into Taiwan overnight, leaving at least six people dead or missing and more than a dozen injured, officials and media reported Saturday.Typhoon Morakot made landfall in the eastern Hualien county late Friday night, the Central Weather Bureau said. It is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before it hits southern China late Saturday or early Sunday.Morakot, packing winds of up to 74 miles per hour (119 kilometers per hour), was centered about 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of the capital, Taipei, as of 10:15 a.m. Saturday (0215 GMT) and was powering in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 7 mph (11 kph), the weather bureau said.
A 67-year-old woman died late Friday when she drove her motorcycle into a ditch during heavy rain in the southern Kaohsiung county, the National Fire Agency said in a statement posted on its Web site.The Apple Daily newspaper said a 47-year-old man slammed his car into a train in torrential rain in eastern Yilin county late Friday and died on the spot. The newspaper did not provide a source.Another four people were missing and feared dead, the National Fire Agency said. Two were fishermen whose boat capsized off the coast of Pingtung county in the south, the agency said.Another man who was fishing onshore in eastern Taitung county fell into the sea and has not been recovered, the agency said. A villager, also in Taitung, set off on a fishing expedition early Friday as the storm approached the island but no one has been able to contact him since, it said. It did not provide any more details.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 05:32 AM
Flood overwhelms rescuers, death toll at 20
BOTOLAN, Philippines—Rescuers struggled to evacuate hundreds of villagers caught by rampaging flash floods in the northern Philippines Saturday as the death toll rose to 20, officials said.Police said the bodies of eight of 12 miners buried Friday by a landslide that hit a mining area in the northern city of Baguio have been recovered.Provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Danilo Pelisco said they were still looking for six other miners.Some 173,171 people in seven provinces in the northern island of Luzon have been displaced by flooding and landslides in the wake of Typhoon Morakot, which grazed the country before making landfall in Taiwan overnight, disaster relief officials said....In the northern town of Botolan in Zambales provinces, rescuers on Saturday were battling strong currents to evacuate hundreds of residents marooned in their homes after rainwater and mud from the slopes of Pinatubo breached a dike.A portion of the main highway leading to Botolan had been transformed into a rampaging river, and the current had swept away entire homes, trees and vehicles, an Agence France-Presse photographer said.
"We are going to look for higher ground," said Joey Tiago, a member of the ethnic Aeta tribe, after he and his family managed to escape. "The water came suddenly Wednesday night, and we fled quickly toward safely with just our clothes on."He said his home had been washed away.On Friday, the air force said helicopters had plucked out about 300 children from submerged Botolan homes.The government has declared Zambales under a "state of calamity" and released emergency funding to help the provincial government.The state weather bureau said that while Morakot had now passed the Philippines, it would continue to bring rains across Luzon that could cause flash floods and landslides.