Forced evacuation done in coastal Isabela

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — Disaster response officials have ordered a forced evacuation in coastal towns as Typhoon Lawin hit Cagayan and Isabela. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 5 has been raised in the two provinces.

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III has ordered the suspension of classes on Wednesday and Thursday, as the evacuation of at least 500 families were done in the coastal towns of Divilacan, Maconacon, Palanan and Dinapigue.

Dy urged the people to heed the liquor ban and no sail policy.

At least 8,000 relief packs have been readied, aside from the thousand packs dispatched to coastal towns.

In Ilagan City, Mayor Evelyn Diaz has ordered the suspension of classes at all levels from Wednesday to Friday.

In Cauayan, Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy has put up six evacuation sites for 65 villages.

Retired National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Isabela’s disaster rescue consultant Benito Ramos said the burden of responsibility emanates not only from disaster rescue workers but also from civilians who should “avoid disasters”. Villamor Visaya, JR/