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Back to Back Typhoon Hits Isabela

After the devastation of Typhoon Pedring in Isabela, Typhoon Quiel immediately followed the track taken by Pedring and poured heavy rains over the Isabela Province. Parts of Ilagan, Isabela are now submerged in floodwaters after the Isabela river overflowed shortly after midnight on Saturday.

From the aerial survey conducted by the Philippine Air Force, only rooftops of houses were left seen in the middle of the floodwaters. Echague Isabela

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy said this was caused by the strong rains brought by typhoon Quiel the whole day yesterday. The release of water from the Magat Dam has also contributed to the flooding, he added.
He also said, "sanhi ito ng tubig na galing sa Sierra Madre at yung patuloy na paglabas ng tubig mula sa Magat Dam, pero malaking parte yung ulang idinulot ni Typhoon Quiel."

Around 44 families or 181 persons were affected by the floods, according to the latest record from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

In 13 towns in the province of Isabela, at least 6,883 families or 27,991 individuals were affected by Typhoon Quiel.

The Sto. Tomas, Sta. Maria and Cabagan areas can hardly be reached by light vehicles because roads continue to be inundated by floodwaters.

Dy said they have yet to make any communication in the town of Dinapigue, which was isolated after the onslaught of typhoon Pedring. This morning, the Air Force personnel tried but failed to drop relief goods there due to thick clouds along the slopes of Sierra Madre Mountains.

Thousands of hectares of rice and corn fields were also submerged in floodwaters. The aerial survey showed the magnitude of water coming down from the Isabela River and overflowed through the fields damaging the farmers’ crops.

Dy said approximately 50% of their agriculture have been damaged due to both typhoons.

Not all are devastated in Isabela. There are farmers who took the opportunity to dry their crops while the sun rises in the province, he added.

Dy is appealing for understanding and cooperation from his hometown residents who were affected by the typhoons. The local government is also having problems with communication since some of the cell sites were damaged by the strong winds of Quiel.

He said, "Kailangan po namin ng inyong pang-unawa sa ganitong krisis at ang inyo pong kooperasyon."
Dy said residents who need help and those who are willing to send assistance can call 0917-8311311.

Written By Ron Gagalac
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