Tuguegarao declares state of calamity due to massive flooding

Darlene Gemino, ABS-CBN News Cagayan Valley

Posted at Oct 21 2015 02:27 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2015 10:28 PM

An aerial shot taken with a drone helicopter by Bayan Patroller John Ryan Domingo shows the extent of the flooding on Macapagal Avenue, Diversion Road in Tuguegarao City on Monday. Photo by John Ryan Domingo, BMPM

TUGUEGARAO - The city of Tuguegarao in Cagayan has been placed under a state of calamity due to the massive flooding caused by tropical cyclone "Lando."

Mayor Jefferson Soriano said 30 of the city's 49 barangays were badly affected by the typhoon.

Until now, Cagayan River continues to swell, and 10 barangays and 5 schools remain underwater.

Many of the 7,000 families displaced by the flooding have already returned to their homes, but some still remain at the evacuation centers.

Soriano fears floods in the city will not yet subside soon.

Relief goods have been distributed to the affected families, and the calamity fund will be utilized in providing the necessary aid to the residents.

Meanwhile, the province of Cagayan is also planning to declare the entire province under a state of calamity.

Governor Alvaro Antonio said Lando brought great damage to the province, barely two months after typhoon "Ineng" battered Cagayan.

Reports from the Office of the Civil Defense revealed that several barangays from over 15 municipalities were submerged in floods, with thousands of families displaced and affected.

Initial reports said fisheries and agricultural damage has also reached hundreds of thousands of pesos.