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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

4 Isabela coastal towns affected by typhoon "Pepeng"

Ilagan, Isabela (8 October) -- Four coastal towns located at the eastern town of Isabela and along the stretch of Sierra Madre mountains were not spared by typhoon Pepeng when it changed its direction last Friday evening.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasted last Friday morning that it would make landfall along Aurora-Isabela provinces but it changed its path to Cagayan province last Saturday.

Though the eye of Pepeng did not directly hit Aurora and Isabela, most of the northern towns (Tumauini, Cabagan, Sto. Thomas, Delfin Albano, Santa Maria and San Pablo) in Isabela, including its four coastal towns were swept with Pepeng's strong winds and rains causing trees and electric posts to fall even at the start of the typhoon's landfall.

The PDCC has set-up its command post last Thursday at the capitol building and an operations center at the province's social welfare and development office.

The PDCC has made a pre-emptive evacuation of residents from low-lying areas in the different towns through the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils (MDCCs).

There were 5,556 families evacuated in the municipalities of Cabagan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Dinapigue, Palanan, San Pablo, Tumauini, Sto Tomas, Delfin Albano, and Santa Maria.

Acting Vice-Governor Ramon M. Reyes and Provincial Administrator Paul Fernandez led the command post while Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Lucila Ambatali and Atty. Mac Navarro headed the operations center.

Relief goods were packed at the operations center and contingents from the 5th Infantry Division Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Philippine Air Force, and the Philippine Coast Guard were ready for rescue operations for the affected Isabelinos.

At the height of typhoon Pepeng army men delivered relief goods to the towns of northern Isabela but it was delayed due to unpassable roads going to evacuation areas, but the PA has prepared such scenario bringing with them clearing equipments like chain saws and bolos and successfully reached and delivered relief goods to evacuees.

In Ilagan town, municipal officials initially reported that there were sixty-five barangays affected by flashfloods and 6,600 families or about 27,000 individuals.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jun Montereal, Ilagan's information officer reported that there were twenty houses totally damaged and about sixty percent partially damaged and there were no casualties.

Montereal also said that damage to corn reached up to four hundred fifty eight hectares or a total of six hundred twenty corn farmers were affected.

More hectares of palay was recorded damaged by floodwaters reaching one thousand one hundred thirty six. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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