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Cagayan on alert over more possible flooding due to monsoon rains

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba on Wednesday, December 29, alerted disaster response teams over more possible flooding due to heavy rains brought by the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan).

In a press statement, Cagayan public information officer Rogie Sending said Mamba has alerted the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRMMC) and Task Force Lingkod Cagayan Quick Response Team to monitor the effects of the continuous rains.

As of Wednesday, several bridges in Cagayan are already impassable due to swollen rivers.

PDRRMC-Cagayan chief Bonifacio Cuarteros said the Magat Dam irrigation management issued an advisory on Wednesday warning its catch basins to take precautionary actions as it set to open more gates.

Cuarteros said it is “highly possible” that the release of water of Magat Dam will cause flood-causing water level in the Cagayan River.

He said the towns of Tuguegarao, Penablanca, Enrile, Solana, Iguig, Amulung, Alcala, Gattaran, Lasam, Allacapan, Ballesteros and Abulug are most vulnerable of the expected flooding.

Meanwhile,  the Pinacanauan overflow bridge in this city is now impassable to both light and heavy vehicles.

Mayor Jefferson Soriano advised motorists to take precautionary measures and find alternate routes.

The Tawi bridge in Callao village in Penablanca town is also impassable, isolating some of the villages in town since the alternative bridge was also destroyed by super typhoon Lawin last October.

The Abusag and Bagunot bridges in Baggao town are also now impassable, according to the Cagayan public information office. -Northernforum.net

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