Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – Following a series of weather disturbances causing floods, the province of Cagayan on Tuesday, Oct 25, has been placed under a state of calamity by its local government.
Governor Manuel Mamba, who leads the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk & Management Council (PDRRMO) has recommended the adjustment based on Resolution No.3.
Resolution No.3 was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on October 24, which greenlights funds for the relief aid, rehabilitation of damages, disaster risk reduction management, quick response, among others necessary for disasters.
Recent weather systems such as Tropical Depression Maymay and followed by Typhoon Neneng along with the record rains dumped by the Shear Line has left majority of the northern province drenched in floods and accumulated rainfall.
The PDRRMO said in a media presser that tropical storms Florita, Maymay, Neneng and Obet combined with the beefed-up rains from the Shear Line has brought routine flooding in many towns.
There are now 230,000 Cagayanos affected by the flooding, landslides and effects of the storms, based on the PDRRMO’s October report.
Based on PAGASA and the United Nations’ Climate Change Panel, the volume of rainfall caused by climate change and melting ice has been higher than before and may also increase sea levels.
On Wednesday, Oct 26, Pagasa has reported Tropical Depression ‘Paeng’ to be expected to move northwestward by Thursday headed ‘close’ to Northern Luzon and the province of Cagayan. TNF