Pre-emptive evacuation now ongoing in Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte

MANILA — In line with ongoing government efforts to mitigate the severe aftermath of Typhoon “Lawin,” pre-emptive evacuations are now ongoing in areas prone to landslides and storm surges in Cagayan, Isabela, and Ilocos Norte which are smacked in the path of the super typhoon.

This was revealed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) disaster information coordinating center head Allan Tabell during a press conference at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Wednesday.

“We are (also) waiting (for progress) reports of pre-emptive evacuations from Ilocos Sur, and the other provinces especially in the Cordillera Autonomous Region,” he added.

And to avoid the hazard of storm surges especially in towns in the northern tip of Cagayan, Tabell advised residents of the coastal towns of Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Bogey and Aparri to evacuate to high ground as storm surges in these areas might reach two to five meters.

While those in mountainous or landslide prone localities are being urged to look for safe areas immediately as soil in these places are already soaked by rains brought by “Karen” and could fall down anytime.