Posted on November 14, 2020 1:42 PM | Updated as of November 14, 2020 02:18 PM
MANILA – Help is on its way for victims of torrential floods in the Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region, authorities said as desperate calls for help continue in flood-stricken areas.
Presidential spokesman Harry Rock said that they are continuing rescue operations in the affected areas and are working « around the clock » to rescue people in various provinces and municipalities in Cagayan and Isabella.
“Since dawn yesterday, the Department of Transportation through the Philippine Coast Guard has been working around the clock to rescue 15 individuals in Modelro, Sitio Pantalan and Pantabangan in Tumauini, Isabela; 50 personnel in Barangay 12, Tugueguerao city, 47 personnel in Pengue Ruyu, The city of Tugueguerao, 13 people in Caritan Norte, Diversion Road, Anufuan West, Tugueguerao City; and 70 people in Linao East, Tugueguerao City, Roque said in a statement released Saturday, adding that the convoys are on their way to help the stranded individuals.
He said the president « is on top of the situation. Cagayan was placed under a misfortune statement and recorded 9 deaths.
As early as 3:30 am. M. Rocky added that air, water and land transport units were sent on Saturday to intensify operations in the affected areas.
Convoys containing fuel barrels for helicopters and other vehicles are also on the way for rescue operations..
Two trucks bring fuel supplies for two Philippine Coast Guard helicopters for use in air rescue. Rocky said the Coast Guard helicopters were on their way to Cagayan and Isabella..
Meanwhile, a PCG aircraft is already in the area, while the inflatable boats head from the Coast Guard station at Ilocos Norte to the city of Tuguegarao.
Rocky said the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development is also providing relief assistance to affected residents.
At a public press conference Saturday, Rocky said President Rodrigo Duterte is « on top of the situation » even while attending the virtual ASEAN summit.
“The president is at the helm of the situation, and he is in constant contact with [Defense] Minister Delphine Lorenzana and Osik Galad (Undersecretary Ricardo Gallad) of the NDRRMC at May koordinasyon din pagdating sa DSWD (and there is coordination with DSWD), » he said.
“Indeed, this is a challenging time for every Filipino. Together we ask everyone to unite and help each other and show kindness to our brothers. « .
On Friday night, social media was filled with calls for the national government to help Cagayan County and the entire Cagayan Valley, which was hit by heavy flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ulysses.
Due to the cyclone and monsoon rains, the Majat Dam in the area had to release excess water after it reached a critical level, which is what made Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said the floods had « exacerbated » the region.
In a separate statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said its forces were in a « search, rescue and recovery » mode as they sought to provide immediate relief to residents in the affected areas. .
The military forces were « deployed » in different affected areas, according to the head of the public affairs office in Agence France-Presse, Al-Naqib. Jonathan Zara said in a statement.
Search and rescue teams have been deployed for waters in the Cordilleras and Cagayan Valley, equipped with five helicopters and inflatable boats.. The military said that a total of 91 search, rescue and retrieval units from the Northern Luzon Command have been deployed in 12 provinces and 31 towns. .
AFP is also cooperating with the fire and police authorities to provide assistance « as quickly as possible. ».
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