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MANILA, Philippines—At least 18 major roads in four Luzon regions that were damaged by floods triggered by torrential rains are still closed to traffic, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

In an advisory Thursday, the DPWH Public Information Division said the agency’s field personnel in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog were “clearing the affected roads of storm debris and other road obstructions.”

The same teams have “installed the needed traffic signs to pre-warn motorists in these areas,” said Elizabeth Pilorin, chief of the DPWH-PID.

The damaged thoroughfares include the following:

* Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya road, Shilan-Beckel road, Gurel Bokod-Kabayan-Buglas-Abatan road, Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun road, and the Daklan-Gambung-Bakun road, all in Benguet province in the CAR;

* Luna-Bagar road and the San Fernando-Bagulin road, both in La Union;

* San Carlos-Calasiao road and the Malcup road, both in Pangasinan;

* Dinadlawan-Madela road in Aurora province;

* Layac road in Dinalupihan, Bataan;

* Bigaa-Plaridel road, Panginay-Balagtas road and the Malolos-Calumpit road, all in Bulacan;

* Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana road, Apalit-Macabebe-Masantol road and the San Gabriel-Masantol road, all in Pampanga; and

* Tagaytay-Taal Lake Road in Batangas.

According to Pilorin, “the roads in the CAR were also closed due to recurring landslides while those in Bulacan and Bataan remained impassable due to flood waters.”

DPWH field personnel in the four regions are “facilitating the emergency reopening of these storm-damaged roads and bridges,” she assured.

Tropical Storm “Maring” enhanced the southwest monsoon (habagat) starting last Sunday, dumping days of rain that caused widespread flooding in many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

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