Cagayan officials on high alert as Ramil expects to make landfall

October 22, 2009 11:16 pm 

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Oct. 23 — Local officials are continue on high alert against flooding, storm surge and other damages as typhoon "Ramil" (international name: Lupit) continue to inch closer and make landfall in Cagayan.

Residents in low-lying areas and near river tributaries have been advised to evacuate to safer and higher grounds including the coastal barangays due to storm surge and big waves generated by the typhoon.

Local authorities are to implement pre-emptive evacuation in areas expected to feel the brunt of Ramil, the 18th cyclone that hit the country this year.

Some families in these areas have already moved in designated evacuation centers as the province started to have stormy weather.

The province's all rescue teams are already on standby and relief goods ready for distribution.

According to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), there is slow recession of lower main Cagayan river and its tributaries – Pinacanauan river of Tuguegarao, Pared River, Chico River, Dummun River, and Zinundungan River.

Flooding is still possible within the next 24 hours in the low lying areas of Amulung, Alcala, Gattaran, Lasam, Lallo, Camalaniugan, Baggao and Aparri.

In coastal areas, flooding is possible within the next 12 hours in areas along Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Buguey, Aparri, Ballesteros, Abulug, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, and Claveria all in the province of Cagayan.

Meanwhile, as of 5 am Friday Magat dam water elevation is 190.50 m. Its spilling level is 193.00 m. inflow is 609 cu. m/second and outflow is 609 cu.m./sec. and two gates opened, PDCC reported. (PNA)

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