Villagers trapped on roofs as floods hit Ilocos Sur due to Storm ‘Maring’

Flooding caused by severe tropical storm "Maring" a major bypass road flooded in Candon City in Ilocos Sur . province

Flooding caused by severe Tropical Storm “Maring” has flooded a major bypass road in Candon City in Ilocos Sur province. Photo courtesy of Candon PNP.

LAOAG CITY – Residents trapped on their roofs in at least six areas in Ilocos Sur province turned to social media on Tuesday to seek help and rescue as torrential rains and winds caused by severe tropical storm “Maring” (Kompasu) swept north. of Luzon.

In a press conference, Mark Masudog of the Civil Defense Bureau in Ilocos said that rescue operations in Sta. Lucia, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Maria, Santiago, Narvacan towns and the city of Candon were underway.

Masudog said the number of captured villagers was not immediately known.

Maring had damaged several public infrastructures in the province, including the Bayugao Bridge along Manila North Road in Sta. Cruz City, which was on the brink of collapse as a result of nonstop rain and wind last night.

According to Rijkswaterstaat and Wegen, the road was impassable.

stand. Residents of the town of Maria have also been trapped on their roofs for 3 hours since Tuesday due to flooding. Some of them were rescued around noon, according to rescuers.

Local officials said flooding in Candon also flooded a major bypass road in the city. Knee-deep flooding also engulfed Narvacan’s commercial district.

Rescue workers in Candon also recovered the body of an unidentified woman from the seaside in the village of Patpata Segundo Monday morning.

In Ilocos Norte, residents of Sitio Taburtit, Purok Namnama, Barangay San Lorenzo in Bangui were evacuated due to a storm surge, the provincial government reported.

At least 43 people in low-lying areas in the city had been evacuated.

In La Union, 299 people had been evacuated since last night, Masudog said.

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