Cagayan towns evacuate residents ahead of Dodong
SANTA ANA, Philippines – (UDPATED) Authorities in the towns of Gonzaga, Santa Ana and Santa Teresita in Cagayan Valley have started to evacuate residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Dodong (international name: Noul).
The municipal disaster agency of Santa Ana implemented forced evacuation in Palawig village because of threats of storm surges. Around 40 families were evacuated from the area and were brought to the Municipal Hall of Santa Ana and Palawig Barangay Hall.
As of 5pm, strong winds due to Typhoon Dodong damaged trees and infrastructure in the area.
Around 40 families were evacuated from the area and were brought to the Municipal Hall of Santa Ana and Palawig Barangay Hall.
Dodong is expected to hit land in Santa Ana Sunday afternoon, May 10, or early evening, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
As of Sunday noon, heavy rains have started to pour in most parts of Cagayan Valleys and strong winds have caused trees to bend down.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) of Gonzaga town has asked residents in the coastal village of Caroan to evacuate.
Caroan is prone to flooding due to storm surges, Cagayan provincial disater agency Chief Bonifacio Cuarteros said.
About 10 families volunteered to evacuate to the Gonzaga People's Gymnasium, authorities said.
In the town of Santa Teresita, the MDRRMC alerted all the barangays to prepare for the onslaught of Typhoon Dodong.
The entire Cagayan Valley region was earlier placed on red alert for Typhoon Dodong.
Santa Teresita Mayor Lolita Garcia said she asked the barangays to help each other in times of disaster.
"We are encouraging them to help their neighboring barangays in case they are not hit hard by the typhoon," Garcia said.
Garcia added that they already prepositioned hundreds of packs of relief goods.
In the province of Isabela, Governor Isabela Faustino Dy III said forced evacuation has been implemented in some coastal areas.
Thousands of residents were already brought to evacuation centers, Dy said.
Rescue teams in Cagayan and Isabela have been placed on stand by. – Rappler.com