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PIA Press Release
2008/11/24

Ilagan town under state of calamity

Ilagan, Isabela (24 November) -- As the tail of cold front continue to exist in the eastern part of Luzon which brought continues rain since Tuesday here, this towns low lying areas were under floodwaters particularly to villages near the rivers.

This situation prompted the Local Government of Ilagan to declare a state of calamity due to the continues rains brought by the tail of cold front in the upstream of this town.

An initial report from the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council recorded as of press time a total of nine families in barangay Bintacan here were evacuated to a school which is served as evacuation area of this barangay while there were 200 persons were also evacuated from barangay Pugo here.

Ilasgan Information Officer Jun Monterial said that the initial report from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office will be expected to increase due to still continues pouring of rains in the province of Isabela.

"It is expected that more families will be evacuated due to the continues rise of waters from Pinaknawan and Cagayan River", Monterial said.

There were also initial report that a large area of corn and rice plantations were affected by floods brought by heavy and continues rains which is already three days now.

The Philippine National Police here were alerted to assist and help in the rescue, relief and evacuation efforts of the Ilagan Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council.

The Department of Education here has suspended classes to all levels to avoid accidents to pupils and students due to continues rains.

Earlier, PAGASA forecasted that a cold front will exist in the eastern part of Luzon which brought heavy rains in the last three days.

The Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council are on alert since yesterday monitoring the effects of cold front which is still affecting the province. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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