Residents of Cagayan, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Norte, and surrounding provinces spent a sleepless night as Severe Tropical Storm Maring battered Northern Luzon on Monday, October 11.
Maring made landfall at 8:10 pm on Monday, in Fuga Island in Cagayan, but its effects were already felt by the residents hours before. A number of houses and infrastructure, including bridges and roads, in affected provinces were either destroyed or inundated due to heavy rains and strong winds brought by Maring.
Corn farmers in Barangay Quibal in Peñablanca, Cagayan, tried to save their harvest from the rising flood.
As of 4:45 pm, October 11, photos showed flood waters reaching the Malanas Overflow Bridge in San Juan, Abra, due to the intense rains brought by the severe tropical storm.
A portion of Kilometer 19 along Barangay Ambassador in Tublay, Benguet, became impassable on Monday due to landslides.
In Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet, residents experienced chest-deep floods around 11 pm on Monday.
Meanwhile, in Ilocos Sur, the Bayugao Bridge along Manila – North Road has partly collapsed due to the rapid flow of the Bayugao River.
The Cagayan provincial government and the Philippine National Police conducted search and rescue operations in the northern part of the province.
By Tuesday morning, water level in the Chico River in Bontoc, Mountain Province, reached yellow warning, according to the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said in its 8 am bulletin on Tuesday said that while Maring was already moving away from extreme Northern Luzon, it would continue to trigger heavy rain in the Ilocos Region and parts of the Cordillera Administrative Region. – Rappler.com