Issue of November 10, 2019
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Apayao on red alert status due to flooding, landslides
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

SUBMERGED -- Communities in several towns in Apayao province were submerged by flash flood brought about by swelling of rivers due to Typhoon Quiel. More than 200 families were affected by flash floods. -- Contributed photo

LUNA, Apayao – The province is in red alert status as of Nov. 8 due to the extent of damage caused by continuous heavy rains since last week.

Gov. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang said the province experienced extreme flooding particularly at the low lying towns of Luna, Pudtol, Santa Marcela, and Flora while landslide and rock fall incidents occurred in the upper towns of Calanasan, Kabugao, and Conner.

Begtang said most of the farmlands in the lower towns were submerged in flood water and incidents of flashfloods were also recorded, causing people to evacuate to safer grounds.
The floods also made some of the roads impassable.

Major road networks in the province are still closed due to series of landslides and rock fall incidents including the Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road, Apayao (Calanasan)-Ilocos Norte (Solsona) Road and the Kabugao-Pudtol-Luna-Cagayan boundary road.

Heavy equipment and personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways-District Engineering Offices in the lower and upper Apayao, along with the local government units and the private contractors, have been conducting clearing operations to at least punch through the major roads for the delivery of relief goods to affected areas.

At least 424 families composed of more than 1,000 individuals affected by either landslides or flooding have been evacuated to the different evacuation centers and other facilities in the province.

Since Nov. 6, classes in all levels and work were suspended.

The Apayao Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office has been coordinating and working with the local DRRM councils and other government agencies and private sectors to ensure immediate response and actions.

Food packs are enough for the evacuated families but the LGUs are requesting the Department of Social Welfare and Development to augment their supplies for other affected families.

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