Communities near Cagayan River and its tributaries were advised to take appropriate actions in case flooding occurs due to light to at times heavy monsoon rains over the Cagayan River basin on Sunday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a flood advisory around 10 a.m. on Sunday, noting Cagayan River’s “slow rise but at slow rate” and river channels are “above alert level.”
“The whole stretch of the Cagayan River, including major tributaries, is likely to rise in the next 12 hours,” PAGASA said in its advisory.
Light to moderate to at times heavy rains may occur in the next 24 hours due to the northeast monsoon or “amihan” that is being enhanced by an LPA.
“The public and the local disaster risk reduction and management councils within the basin are advised to take appropriate actions to mitigate the adverse impacts of river flooding; flooding due to accumulation/ponding of rainwater combined with the effects of poor drainage systems; and possible landslides and flash floods at mountainside areas,” PAGASA said.
Low-lying areas near upper, middle, and lower Cagayan River and its tributaries that are likely to be affected by possible river flooding are San Agustin, Jones, Echague, Alicia, Angadanan, Cauayan City, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, San Mateo, Cabatuan, Aurora, Luna, Gamu, Ilagan City, San Mariano, Tumauini, Delfin Albano, Sto. Tomas, Cabagan, Sta. Maria, and San Pablo in Isabela.
Residents of Peñablanca, Tuguegarao City, Enrile, Solana, Iguig, Amulung, Alcala, Baggao, Lasam, Gattaran, Lallo, Camalaniugan, Aparri, Tuao, Piat, and Sto. Niño in Cagayan were also advised to take necessary precautionary measures against possible flooding.

Source: Manila Bulletin (