Severe Tropical Storm Maring caused heavy rain and flood that submerged parts of Cagayan Valley, the Ilocos Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Some residents from the affected areas, mostly in Cagayan Valley, asked for help through social media as thousands of families need to be rescued from their houses. Netizens also quickly respond to the posts by raising awareness of the situation, disseminating the emergency hotlines, sharing the residents’ posts, and calling for help to the respective local government units (LGUs).
The hashtag #CagayanNeedsHelp trended on the first spot on Twitter, while #LaUnionNeedsHelp landed at number four. (Read: ‘Dam Operators Must Be Held Accountable for Cagayan Valley Floods’ – Experts)
Rescue operations were put in place last night as the floodwater rose in the Northern Luzon provinces.
In the province of Cagayan, 1,750 families have been evacuated from their houses, according to the Cagayan Provincial Information Office (PIO). Meals were given to the evacuees at Brgy. Aridowen at Sta. Teresita under the “PGC Hot Meals on Wheels” program. The search and rescue operations are still ongoing.
In La Union, disaster management crews were deployed in the towns of Bangar, Luna, San Juan, San Gabriel, and Bacnotan. The LGU also advised the residents living near bodies of water to seek and in areas prone to landslides and storm surges to seek safer ground.
Vice President Leni Robredo confirmed via Twitter that the Office of the Vice President has already sent assistance to the victims of Severe Tropical Storm Maring who were seeking help through social media. (Read: Prayer for Typhoon Victims)
Meanwhile, the Malacañang said today, October 12, that it closely monitors the operations and responds to all rescue and assistance requests.
Several organizations and groups launched different donation drives for the victims of Severe Tropical Storm Maring. (Read: Disaster Relief Food Aside From Canned Goods)
A non-government organization (NGO), ACT Cagayan Valley that aims to serve the youth, marginalized, and other vulnerable sectors of the community, is asking for monetary donations to help the Cagayanos affected by the typhoon.
Cagayanos are again being challenged by Typhoon Maring, leaving communities in distress, and forcing families in the lowlying areas to evacuate due to non-stop heavy rains.— ACT – CAGAYAN VALLEY (@ActCagayan) October 11, 2021
ACT-Cagayan Valley is organizing a donation drive to conduct relief in areas severely affected by floods. pic.twitter.com/JtrtvhgOXn
The student council of St. Mary’s University organized a donation drive for the typhoon victims in Cagayan and Isabela. They are collecting canned goods, clothes, hygiene kits, and medicines.
Isabela volunteers also opened their own donation drive called “Abot Tulong Para sa Cagayan” to distribute relief packs to the typhoon victims in Cagayan.PaSaBay in collaboration with Ka Tugue, Project AkademiKo, and Kaya, Kakayanin Natin, are accepting both monetary and in-kind donations.
In times of disaster, it is important to be informed about the following emergency hotlines:
NATIONAL EMERGENCY HOTLINE: 911NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NDRRMC)Trunkline: (02) 8911-5061 to 65NDRRMC TUGUEGARAO: 911-1406 / 912-2665LA UNION RESCUE: 0998-961-1519/ (072) 607-8723/911PAGASACentral Office: (02) 8284-0800PHILIPPINE RED CROSSHotline: (02) 8527-5981Trunkline: (02) 8527-8385 to 95PHILIPPINE COAST GUARDHotline: (02) 8527-8481 to 89
Some areas suspended classes, as well as government offices today due to the Severe Tropical Storm Maring. Here is the list from news reports and the authorities:
Cordillera Administrative Region
Baguio – all levels (public and private)
Tuba, Benguet – all levels (public and private)
Pangasinan – all levels (public and private)
Dagupan City – all levels (public and private) and government offices
Pangasinan Province – all levels (public and private) and government offices
Brooke’s Point, Palawan – all levels (public and private), public and private offices
Severe Tropical Storm Maring made its landfall at Fuga island in Cagayan at 8:10 p.m. on October 11, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.