Cagayan braces for Typhoon Quiel

Posted at 10/01/11 12:04 AM

CAGAYAN, Philippines - Survivors of "Pedring" in Cagayan province are bracing themselves for yet another tropical cyclone -- Typhoon Quiel.

Some have already gathered wood and fallen branches to use for cooking.
"Mahal kasi ang [LPG]. Kahoy na lang po ginagamit namin. Kung bumaha po ulit, masasayang naman yung kahoy," said local resident Cerilo Lakambra.

Five towns in Cagayan are still flooded, with families crowding evacuation centers.

In the provincial capitol, rescue boats used during "Pedring"  are now being readied for "Quiel."

The next typhoon is expected to hit to hit north Luzon Saturday and state weather bureau PAGASA has already hoisted public storm warning signal number 3 in Cagayan and Isabela.

The coming storm is expected to bring strong winds, but authorities are more concerned about the amount of rainfall it will pour.

"Iyung river natin umapaw na, tapos andito na naman si 'Quiel.' Iyung baha ang mas inaalala namin," said provincial disaster management official Bonifacio Cuarteros.

The provincial government is in the thick of preparations for the typhoon's onslaught, while officials are hoping that the new storm won't be as bad as "Pedring." - with a report from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News; ANC