Isabela villages flooded by 'Mina'
ILAGAN, Isabela (November 28) -- Most of the barangays in this capital town was in floodwaters after typhoon 'Mina' brought heavy rains in the province for three days which made the Cagayan and Pinakanawan rivers rose its water level causing floods to low-lying areas in this central town of Isabela.
Ilagan Mayor Jose 'Jay' Diaz said sixty to seventy percent of its 91 villages were flooded due to incessant rains brought by Mina before and after it hit the province in the dawn last Monday.
The chief executive in this town ordered yesterday a relief and rescue operations to help barangay residents of the 70 barangays who were affected.
Mayor Diaz said that there were no recorded deaths among its affected town mates but some of their properties and harvests were damaged due to floods.
Typhoon Mina, which made landfall in eastern part of Isabela, did not bring strong winds in this town but has brought heavy rains causing the low-lying barangays to submerge especially those areas near the major Cagayan and the Pinakanawan rivers.
Diaz said heavy damaged to properties and loss of life brought by typhoon Mina has been prevented due to early preparedness and readiness of its Local Disaster Coordinating Council which he heads.
In coastal town of Dinapigue, Mayor Renato Candido said that his town has evacuated 264 families (1,465 residents) from coastal barangays and low-lying areas to an evacuation center before typhoon Mina arrived in this town.
Mayor Candido said Dinapigue was not much affected by strong winds due to high altitude when passing the town but has made some areas in the town flooded due to heavy rains. (PIA-Isabela) [top]