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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 dead as Tropical Storm 'Juaning' unleashes fury, Philippines - 26th July 2011

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At least ten people died while thousands of others were trapped in their houses as the entire province of Albay and some towns in the nearby provinces were isolated due to the massive flooding when tropical storm “Juaning” unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in Bicol region.

As “Juaning” intensified, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned residents of Luzon to brace for heavy rains Wednesday and placed 41 areas under storm signals. The storm was expected to make landfall in Quezon at dawn Wednesday.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said three members of a family died Tuesday morning when landslide buried their house in Barangay Gabon, Polangui.

“There were four other fatalities in other parts of the province, two of them died when a coconut tree fell on their house, another died of electrocution while another drowned,” said Salceda.

Senior Superintendent William Macavinta, director of the Albay Provincial Police, said they have already retrieved the cadavers of the three children in Barangay Gabon.

He said the children, all surnamed Corteza, were aged four, seven, and nine.

In Catanduanes, a certain Rolando Angulo reportedly drowned while crossing a river in Bagamanoc town in Catanduanes, said Senior Supt. Victor Deona, deputy regional director for administration of the Bicol regional police.

Deona said a 49-year old man identified as Noel Angeles also died when an electric post fell on him in Barangay Penafrancia in Panganiban town.

Another fatality, Berta Dacuba, died when when he was electrocuted in Joroan, Pio Duran town.

Salceda said massive evacuation was immediately ordered as early as Monday night when strong winds and heavy rains started to pound the entire province.

But the floodwater rose faster than expected, crippling even the rescue operations.

“All areas here in Albay are flooded, isolated. They are like islands. We tried to send rescue and evacuation teams in the affected areas but they could not get through, said Salceda.

“We cannot even used helicopters,” he stressed. Read More