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#LawinPH: Cagayan prepares for ‘worst’ typhoon in province’s history

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines– The provincial government of Cagayan is preparing for what could be the strongest typhoon to hit the province.

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba on Tuesday afternoon, October 18, met with the disaster, rescue and weather agencies to discuss the preparation on the expected landfall of Typhoon Lawin (international name: Haima) over the province early Thursday morning.

Mamba, an interview with reporters, said weather agencies are anticipating to declare a Signal Number 5 in the province on Wednesday, October 19, the first time for Cagayan.

In an interview, Cagayan provincial capitol spokesperson Rogie Sending said the governor has ordered for the preparation of a worst-case scenario.

“Kanina sabi ng PAGASA, ito na siguro yung pinakamalakas na bagyo na tatama sa history ng Cagayan. Kaya ang pinaghahandaan ay ang worst-case scenario,” Sending said.

(The state weather bureau PAGASA said this could be the worst typhoon to hit Cagayan in history. So we are really preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Sending said the police, army and Task Force Lingkod Cagayan will implement the forced evacuation in low-lying and coastal areas on Wednesday.

The water level of several tributaries of the Cagayan River have begun rising as early as Tuesday due to the rains of Typhoon Karen.

“Habang maaga pa lang ay mag forced evacuation na sa mga low-lying areas. Malaki na nga yung ilog ay inaasahang lalaki pa lalo dahil after ng bagyong Karen ay ito na naman si Bagyong Lawin,” Sending said.

(While it’s still early, the residents in the low-lying areas should be forced to evacuate. The water level in the rivers is already high because of Typhoon Karen and here comes the other typhoon.)

Sending said the heavy and rescue equipment, relief goods disaster and rescue teams will already be in their pre-positioned strategic areas early Wednesday morning.

He added that Mamba also asked for the use of the newly-built typhoon-resilient buildings of the senior high buildings and the use of churches as evacuation centers.

Classes in all levels and all work offices, public and private, on Wednesday have been suspended.

The disaster agency warned particularly the towns of Gonzaga, Baggao, Santa Ana, Gattaran and Aparri to prepare for the typhoon. TNF/Published in Rappler.com

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