With homes still flooded, residents in Cagayan brace anew for ‘Sarah’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019   •   561

Residents of Cagayan province remain restless after Typhoon Ramon made landfall in the area during the early hours of Wednesday (November 20).

Typhoon Ramon still brought heavy rainfall and strong winds which left several areas in the province submerged in flood. Among the villages affected are barangays Sta. Ana and Gonzaga.

READ: Tropical cyclones ‘Ramon’ and ‘Sarah’ barrel through parts of Cagayan

Merlinda Doblado is among the residents who had to stay awake to monitor the flood.

“Hindi na nga kami pinatulog kasi inaabangan namin iyong pagtaas ng tubig, kasi biglaan (We did not sleep because we were monitoring the flood, it went up too fast),” she said.

Evelyn, another resident recalled they had to cut their dinner short, they did not expect that the flood would increase that fast.

“Tumaas bigla iyong tubig, iniwan namin iyong pagkain diyan sa lamesa. Dali-dali naming binuhat iyong mga gamit at dinala sa mataas (The water suddenly rose, we left the food on the table and took our things upstairs),” she said.

Meanwhile, barangay chairman of Tapel, Gonzaga Danilo Domingo said they had to conduct another evacuation for the resident who already evacuated their homes due to the flood.

“Pagbalik ko dito sa may simbahan hanggang bewang na iyong baha kaya tumawag ako sa MDRRMO [Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office] for rescue nagpadala naman kaagad sila ng truck para i-rescue mga evacuees (When I returned to the church, the flood was already waist deep so I called the MDRRMO for rescue. They immediately sent a truck to rescue the evacuees),” he said.

Aside from homes, several rice fields in the area are also flooded. There are also roads and bridges that were closed to motorists due to landslides and the increase of water level in rivers.

Power cuts were also experienced in Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Sanchez Mira, Lallo, Appari, and Abulug.

According to the latest report of the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), 2,824 families were evacuated.

The PDRRMO also said there were no reports of missing individuals or casualties during the storm. Some of the evacuated families were already allowed to return to their homes.

Marlene Campano and her family are among those who can return home. But she still fears for their safety, especially with another looming storm.

“Umuwi kami. Maawa nalang sa amin ang Panginoon, Dios na po ang bahala (We went home. We leave the rest to God, may God have mercy on us),” she said.

Authorities call on the residents to prepare for possible devastation as tropical depression Sarah intensifies into a tropical storm.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

DOTr, PPA inaugurate Port of Claveria in Cagayan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 4, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) inaugurated the Port of Claveria in Cagayan Province on Monday (February 3).

In a statement, the DOTr said the port development project aims to help address the need of the province for an efficient network that integrates land, sea, and air transport systems.

Among the works carried out at the port is the construction of the Reinforced Concrete Platform that will serve as an additional backup area, additional Roll-on/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) ramp, and road repair going to and from the seaport.

“I give you a project, the project of President Rodrigo Duterte. Use it, enjoy it, but in Heaven’s name, please take care of it,” said DOTr Secretary Tugade during his speech.

Meanwhile, PPA General Manager Santiago said there is a much need to establish economic linkages in the Cagayan Valley region.

“Kinakailangan talagang magkaroon tayo ng mga pantalan dito para magkaroon ng accessibility doon sa mga northern islands natin (We really need to have ports here for accessibility to our northern islands),” he said.—AAC

Rains may cause mudflow in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

A boy’s muddy feet is seen during an evacuation after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to the increased activity of the Taal volcano, located in an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 and then 4 – on a scale of 5, after an increase in the activity of the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer high. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.

Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.

This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.

Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.

In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.

This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

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