Seven out of the 12 municipalities in Camarines Norte continue to experience floods and landslides due to the unceasing rains caused by a low pressure area (LPA), formerly Tropical Depression Usman.
Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo ‘Egay’ Tallado on Sunday, Dec. 30, said that vehicles still cannot pass through Labo, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Vinzons, Mercedes, Paracale, and Basud due to the floods and landslides
Tallado also asked people planning to travel to Camarines Norte from Metro Manila to postpone their trips since portions of the Maharlika Highway is still not passable, and to wait for updates.
“Baka doon sila mag-nenew year sa Camarines Norte, yung landslide, hindi kayang matanggal kasi 50 meters yung haba at saka five meters yung lapad niya. Maraming malalaking bato na nahulog sa kalsada,” Tallado explained during DZRH’s Lingkod Bayan.
“Yung kalsada dito sa Brgy. Dagit, bayan ng Labo, hindi passable yung Maharlika Highway dahil sa flooding, baha. Huwag na muna silang unuwi ng Camarines Norte,” the governor added.
Tallado also confirmed that they have already recorded four fatalities due to landslides, and that the local government has implemented a forced evacuation due to the floods.
Meanwhile, the official asked the National Food Authority (NFA) to operate this Sunday so that they can withdraw rice for the residents staying in evacuation centers.
“Nakikiusap tayo sa NFA na mag-bukas ngayong araw na ito kasi hindi namin ma-kontak para makapag-withdraw kami ng bigas, Iyon talaga ay kailangan ng mga kababayan ko, yung makakain nila,” Tallado stressed.