Isabela, Cagayan brace for Typhoon Lando
CAGAYAN, Philippines - The provinces of Cagayan and Isabela are preparing for the worst-case scenario of the forecasted days-long heavy rains that Typhoon Lando is expected to bring as it nears landfall.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) - Cagayan coordinator Bonifacio Cuarteros told Rappler on Saturday, October 17, that he already advised residents to “keep their families safe by following the LGU's advisories," given that both provinces have the longest tributaries and river basin in the country.
Cuarteros added that their local counterparts are now advising the residents near the river basins to take precautions as soon as the heavy rains pour.
Typhoon Lando is expected to linger over North Luzon for at least 2 days, the local weather bureau said. The typhoon threatens the provinces, especially those who live near the Cagayan River, with widespread flashfloods and landslides.
"The (Cagayan) province is a catch basin that's why we are now preparing our water rescue (equipment)," Cuarteros said.
As a catch basin, rainfall from Isabela and the Cordillera Region provinces will go down to Cagayan.
Cuarteros also confirmed that the Magat Dam, the country’s second biggest water reservoir, has opened gates to release water early Saturday.
Pre-emptive evacuations ordered
In Isabela, Governor Faustino “Bojie” Dy III has ordered pre-emptive evacuations in 4 coastal towns and landslide-prone areas as early as Friday afternoon, October 16.
PDRRMC-Isabela coordinator Constante Foronda Jr told Rappler that they already evacuated hundreds of residents.
Foronda said about 157 individuals or 51 families were evacuated in the coastal towns of Isabela Macunacun, and Palanan. In Dinapigue, some 72 families were also evacuated ahead of Typhoon Lando. No report of evacuation was forwarded from the coastal town of Divilacan.
About 564 individuals or 122 families were evacuated in the landslide and flashflood prone areas of the towns of Benito Soliven and San Mariano.
The liquor ban and no-sail policies are also in effect in the province.
Typhoon Lando is expected to make landfall Sunday morning. - Rappler.com