TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Floods caused by Tropical Storm Jolina’s heavy rains have already affected Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
Apad bridge in the town has reportedly been flooded. On Facebook, netizens passing along the highway posted photos that showed the highway bridge nearly submerged. The flood caused heavy traffic along the area.
Photo from Prescilla O. Marcos
Photo from Ira Carreon through Discover Nueva Vizcaya
Janine Hernandez of Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) told The Northern Forum that the bridge is still passable but motorists are warned of traffic that could take up to 30 minutes to one hour.
Meanwhile, Hernandez said that PDRRMO chief Robert Corpuz has led a meeting in preparation for the landfall of Jolina. The PDRRMO is now mapping possible flood-prone areas to quicken the team’s response should any disaster arise. She added that there are no other incidences caused by the storm, aside from the floods.
In the 11 am update of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday, August 25, the province is now under signal no. 2, along with ten other provinces.
Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla has earlier suspended classes on both private and public schools for pre-school to high school/senior high school levels.
On Friday, Jolina became a tropical storm and is expected to make landfall in the Isabela-Aurora area. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday, August 26 in the Ilocos area. Northernforum.net