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Cagayan, Isabela evacuate residents ahead of Typhoon Lawin

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Provincial authorities in Cagayan and Isabela have started to evacuate residents from low-lying and coastal areas, in preparation for Typhoon Lawin (international code name Haima).

In Tuguegarao City, hundreds of families in the villages of Annafunan, Capatan and Centro 10 and Centro have been evacuated to safer grounds.

Rescue and relief teams also started pre-positioning relief goods and water.

However, evacuees in some villages are requesting for earlier dispatch of relief goods. They have also asked for additional carton boards and folding beds for disabled persons.

Cagayan provincial disaster management council chief Bonifacio Cuarteros also told Rappler that the local disaster teams have been mobilized.

There are 4 operation centers in Cagayan to head the relief, rescue and evacuation efforts, according to Cuarteros.

Governor Manuel Mamba said Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg offered the St. Peter's Metropolitan Cathedral as an evacuation center.

Mamba earlier said he will request all typhoon-resilient churches to open its door for evacuees.

Mamba has suspended classes and office works until further notice.

Meanwhile, in Isabela, Governor Faustino "Bojie" Dy III, have mobilized disaster teams to implement forced evacuations in danger-prone areas in 10 towns.

In a press briefing, Dy identified the towns of Maconacon, DInapigue, Divilacan, Tumauini, Palanan, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Ilagan, Cabagan, and Delfin Albano.

In addition, overflowing rivers due to heavy rain have rendered the following bridges impassable:

1. Alicaocao in Cauayan City
2. Gucab & Anaffunan in Echague
3. Sta. Maria in Sta. Maria town
5. Sto. Tomas in Sto. Tomas town
6. Pigalo in Angadanan town
7. Baculud in City of Ilagan

The provincial government said they anticipate extensive damage due to the typhoon. – Rappler.com