CamNorte bears brunt of Juaning
By Jonas Cabiles Soltes
DAET, Camarines Norte — Lives were lost when Tropical Storm Juaning lashed this northernmost Bicol province with gusty winds and heavy rains early this week.
In Jose Panganiban, five persons died when a landslide hit Barangay Santa Rosa Norte in the town proper early on Wednesday (July 27), at the height of the onslaught of Juaning.
Police Officer 1 Sammy Olit of Jose Panganiban police said that the house of the Casero family was buried by the landslide at about 1 am.
The fatalities were identified as Alfredo, 62; Ofelia, 56; Richard, 23; Marian, 18; and Edgar, 1.
The bodies of the victims were retrieved Wednesday morning.
Mayor Ricarte Padilla said floods also hit the coastal town, where evacuation was ordered on Tuesday.
In Labo, a small scale miner was found dead while another one was found injured in a collapsed mining tunnel in Barangay Benit Tuesday afternoon.
The fatality was identified as Marvin Barrios, 18. Ricardo Lilis, 33, sustained injuries and was immediately hospitalized. Both were residents of the said Barangay.
“The two were panning for gold amid downpour when the mining tunnel collapsed,” said PO1 Fernando Torres Jr. of Labo town Police.
In Vinzons, three fishermen, who are yet to be identified, were reported missing in the seas near Calaguas, which form part of Vinzons, said Governor Edgardo Tallado.
“Juaning” brushed Camarines Norte, which was placed under public storm warning signal number two, from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Packing 75 kilometer winds per hour, the storm then turned northwest in the general direction of Aurora province.
All municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils in the province were put on heightened alert on Tuesday as the storm closed in.
Government vehicles were put on standby as evacuation were ordered in several coastal towns.