TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Several barangays (villages) in Cagayan province were submerged to floods as heavy rains continue to pour for three consecutive days.
In Cagayan, major overflow bridges connecting rural barangays have been submerged to floodwater due to swollen river.
The Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) reported 12 impassable roads and bridges as of 5:30 am on Monday, November 6. These include:
- Peñablanca, Cagayan
-Cabasan detour bridge,
-Tawi Overflow Bridge
- Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
-Pinacanauan na Tuguegarao Ave. (formerly Teresa Blvd.)
-Capatan Overflow Bridge
- Baggao, Cagayan
- Tuao, Cagayan
-Maguilling Overflow Bridge
- Santa Teresita, Cagayan
-Parts of Masi and Simpatuyo road (impassable for light vehicles)
- Enrile, Cagayan
-Palattao Bridge (passable to light vehicles only due to scoured approach)
-Sitio San Juan to Villa Maria
-Sitio Dammang to Barangay 4
- Santa Ana, Cagayan
-National Road of Barangay Rapuli (impassable due to landslide)
Local disasters officials said 326 individuals were evacuated in low-lying areas of Amulung, Baggao, Aparri, Camalaniugan, Tuguegarao City, Lasam and Santa Ana.
Hundreds of hectares of corn and rice crops were also reportedly affected.
In an interview, PDRRMC Cagayan chief Bonifacio Cuarteros said the province government is still under red alert as the water level of Cagayan River continues to rise.
As of 4 pm on Monday, the Project Noah monitoring of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reported that the Cagayan River’s water level in Buntun Bridge has reached 10.28 meters.
The water level grew up to 7 meters over the last 24 hours, Cuarteros said, adding that they have observed “slow rise.”
“It means it didn’t reach its peak (highest water level) yet, but we have observed the rise is slowing,” Cuarteros said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Classes in all levels on Monday and Tuesday, November 7 have been suspended as precautionary measures. Northernforum.net