TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Nov. 20 (PIA)--Even before Cagayanos can recover from the damages brought about by typhoon Quiel last week, typhoon Ramon brought anew heavy rains in the province, flooding Cagayan's northern part.
According to Mayor Nelson Robinion of Santa Ana town, where typhoon Ramon made landfall at 12:20 a.m. today, some of the villages in his town are submerged in floodwater.
"We are continuously conducting forced evacuation to hundreds of families trapped in floodwaters due to continuous heavy rains," Robinion said.
The mayor added that most of the town's affected barangays were same areas that were affected by the recent massive flooding triggered by the relentless rains brought by 'Quiel'.
Meanwhile, Cagayan provincial government, in partnership with the Philippine Marine Corps, deployed rescue teams to augment the response team of Santa Ana local government unit in the conduct of forced evacuation to affected barangays.
Members of the Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) were also deployed to Gonzaga town where some barangays were also now under-water.
Other members of the TFLC continuously conduct road-clearing operations, despite the heavy downpour now experience in Cagayan province, to ensure that national highways are passable.
The flooding brought by Ramon's continuous rains has now affected 19 municipalities composed of 125 barangays all over the province with 2,824 individuals or 7,332 families total affected population.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAGASA) latest weather bulletin, typhoon Ramon weakened into a severe tropical storm after its landfall, however, another tropical storm named Sarah, is forecast to take Ramon's track and hit northern Luzon anew by Thursday. (ALM/PIA-2)