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8,319 Isabela residents move to safe ground before ‘Ompong’ makes landfall

/ 06:11 PM September 14, 2018

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela – As many as 8,319 residents of low-lying communities moved to safer ground on Friday after weather experts said Typhoon “Ompong” has veered towards the province.

Most of the evacuees come from the four coastal towns of Maconacon (440 families or 1,498 people), Divilacan (232 families or 1,146 people), Palanan (382 families or 1,469 people) and Dinapigue (204 families or 679 people).

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Except for Dinapigue, the three other coastal towns are accessible only by airplane or by boat.

The typhoon has alarmed farmers like Burgos town resident Bonifacio Senardo who said his fields are planted with palay that have not matured.

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“We cannot do anything now but pray my crops would be spared,” said Senardo, whose farm is among the 141,699-hectares of rice fields vulnerable to Ompong’s onslaught.

Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon Ompong

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph.

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