Cagayan under state of calamity due to floods brought by Typhoon ‘Quiel’

Robie de Guzman


MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Cagayan has declared a state of calamity on Friday due to severe flooding brought about by Typhoon ‘Quiel.’

According to the Office of Civil Defense, around 12 areas in northern Cagayan were inundated with floodwaters due to days of heavy rains.

Local disaster officials earlier reported three people died due to drowning and landslide, and more than 4,000 families were affected by the typhoon.

Based on the latest bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), ‘Quiel’ was last spotted 430 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of 150 kph while moving southwest at 10 kph.

The typhoon is not expected to make a landfall. It is forecasted to exit the Philippine area of responsibility between Friday and Saturday morning.

Residents of Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Apayao and Ilocos Norte as well as Mindoro Provinces, Palawan, and Western Visayas are advised to take precautionary measures due to heavy rains that may prevail in these areas.

Sea travel is also risky, especially for small sea vessels, over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions, the PAGASA said.

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