Typhoon 'Maring' cuts power supply in Cagayan; 200 individuals safely evacuated

Some areas in Cagayan province experienced power interruption on Monday midnight, Oct 11, due to the effects of tropical storm "Maring" while around 200 at-risk individuals fled their homes and were sent to evacuation centers, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

(Screenshot from PAGASA weather forecast report)

The NDRRMC said the entire Sta. Ana town was left in the dark beginning at 12 a.m. when Maring dumped heavy rains and unleashed punishing winds. It has 16 barangays with an estimated population of 35,000, according to the 2020 census.

In Baggao town, at least 72 families or 224 individuals living in flood and landslide-prone areas were pre-emptively evacuated by local DRRM officials.

" on-going evacuations other municipalities," the NDRRMC noted.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of Cagayan suspended the classes from pre-school to secondary level in all private and public schools on Monday.

As to the status of the roads and bridges in the Cagayan Valley (Region 2), the NDRRMC said all were "passable as of reporting time."

Maring was located at 240 km east of Aparri, Cagayan or 265 km east, southeast of Calayan, Cagayan around 10 a.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

It was packing a maximum sustained winds of 95 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km per hour. It was moving westward at a speed of 15 km per hour.