• ‘Nona’ leaves 5 dead in Vizcaya; Isabela flooded

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    BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Typhoon Nona left five people dead and two others missing in Alfonso Castañeda town in this province, while low-lying municipalities in Isabela province remained flooded, authorities said on Friday.

    Alfonso Castañeda Mayor Annie Bawayan said police are yet to establish the identities of the five fatalities while a local team is conducting rescue-and-search operations for the two others who remain missing.

    A landslide triggered by floodwaters from Tuesday’s heavy downpour had inundated a wide portion of the town with thick mud, she said, adding that knocked-down trees and other debris have rendered some of the roads impassable.

    “We still have more than 100 families in our evacuation centers. We continue to supply them with relief goods, as well as those who are in far-flung areas despite mobility problems,” Bawayan said.

    She said clearing operations may take a week to finish given the amount of debris all over the town.

    Meanwhile, some municipalities in Isabela and in Ilagan City remained submerged in floodwaters following the  precautionary release of water from the Magat Dam on Thursday. The dam water’s major sources – the Ibulao River in Ifugao and the Magat River in Nueva Vizcaya – continue to swell.

    The Magat Dam is a large rock-fill dam located on Magat River at the boundary of the municipalities of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Ramon in Isabela.

    Residents in low-lying communities in Isabela and Cagayan provinces were given five to six hours of lead time to prepare before the release of water from the dam.

    Gov. Faustino Dy 3rd has declared the suspension of classes at all levels in both public and private schools on Thursday and Friday.

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