• ‘Carina’ displaces 8,595 in Cagayan

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    BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: At least 8,595 persons in 10 towns and two cities were affected by Typhoon Carina (Nida) in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 2.

    The typhoon pummeled the region on Sunday, with storm signal no. 2 hoisted over the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan and signal no. 1 over Nueva Vizcaya, Qurino and the Batanes group of islands.

    OCD Regional Director Norma Talosig said Isabela was worst hit by the typhoon with 7,963 affected persons in Divilacan, Dinapigue, Maconacon, Palanan and Benito Soliven towns and Santiago City followed by Cagayan with 632 in Gonzaga, Tuao, Peñablanca, Claveria and Santa Praxedes towns and Tuguegarao City.

    She added that 10 evacuation centers were opened, accommodating at least 139 families or 453 persons in Cagayan and Isabela.

    “Some areas in Cagayan are still experiencing intermittent power interruption particularly in the towns of Buguey, Gattaran, Baggao, Lallo, Rizal, Enrile and Solano,” Talosig said.

    As of Monday, OCD said the Baculud and Cabisera 5 overflow bridges in Ilagan City were still closed because of swollen rivers while in Cagayan, the Peñablanca-Callao Cave road and the Tawi overflow bridge were also closed because of landslides and swollen rivers.

    Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flights going to Manila and Batanes were canceled on Sunday.

    In Isabela, classes in both public and private elementary and secondary schools were suspended while Cagayan declared suspension of classes at all levels in both public and private schools on Monday.

    Talosig said a total of P935,800 in assistance from the provincial government of Isabela, the private sector in Tuguegarao City and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 2 field office were extended to affected families.

    The DSWD Region 2 field office said there are readily available standby funds of P2,893,660.62 and stockpile of 16,431 family food packs for the region.

    DSWD officials said an additional 3,500 family food packs were prepositioned for Isabela and Cagayan, 3,794 family food packs for Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya and 350 sacks of National Food Authority rice for Batanes.

    Talosog said local and national agencies of the government in the region were deployed to their respective areas of responsibility for clearing of blocked roads, possible search and rescue operations and monitoring.

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