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Heavy rains prompt landslides in Cagayan

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Heavy rains in Cagayan has caused landslides in at least 2 areas in the province, prompting the closure of main roads for motorists.

In a series of advisories on Monday morning, November 28, the Department of Public Works and Highways in Cagayan Valley advised motorists from Cagayan going to Ilocos and Apayao province to take alternative routes as they have yet to clear the landslides.

Wilson Valdez, information officer of the DPWH-Cagayan Valley, said they first monitored landslide in kilometer 591, San Juan village in Sta. Praxedes town.  San Juan village is the last village before reaching Ilocos Norte province.

Valdez said both lanes are closed.

A local radio station reported that motorists going to Ilocos region are already stranded in the area.

A latest DWPH advisory also monitored a landslide in Cagayan-Apayao road in Illuru section in Rizal, Cagayan. Both lanes are also closed to motorists.

Meanwhile, the Magat Dam irrigation administration said they have opened 1 gate at 1.5 meters, releasing 609 cubic meters per second, as a precautionary release due to heavy rains in the dam’s reservoirs.

The state weather bureau PAGASA earlier reported that although Tropical Storm Marce has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of Sunday, November 27, it will enhanced landslide-causing heavy rains in the Northern Luzon.


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