Cagayan Valley in the Philippines experienced the worst flooding for the first time in decades

As of November 16, most parts of the Cagayan Valley Region are free from flooding, while only 1 gate of Magat Dam remains open. The said dam had fully opened its gates, which caused massive flooding in the Cagayan Valley Region, located in the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines. The flooding has affected the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. 

There was a time when the water became grounded. Senior citizens along with their families are screaming for help. Bodies are floating in the water as people are begging for drinking water and food. 

The Coast Guard reports they have rescued over 200 residents from the flooded areas. Water is at least 15-20 feet deep at its peak in certain areas & people are drowning. Cagayan is fighting for their lives. Hashtag #CagayanNeedsHelp trended on Twitter since last night, along with #CagayanValleyNeedsHelp, #IsabelaNeedsHelp, and #TuguegaraoNeedsHelp, as netizens called for help for the residents in the region.


In a Facebook post, Karen Rose Arguelles Dimay shared some updates about the situation in their area.

"May sumabog po transformer sa Tuguegarao kaya grounded na ang tubig. Please pakisabihan po silang pumuntang safe space kung meron pa man and as much as possible lumayo sa tubig. We are already asking for help from different sectors please be safe po."
(There was a transformer exploded in Tuguegarao so the water was grounded. Please tell them to go to a safe space wherever they are and as much as possible, stay away from the water. We are already asking for help from different sectors to be safe.)

"May naligaw na buwaya sa Brgy. Damurog, Alcala, Cagayan Zone 4 dahil sa baha." 

(There is a stray crocodile at Barangay Damurog, Alcala, Cagayan Zone 4 due to flooding.)

"Hindi na po kaya ng rubber boats ang Brgy. LINAO EAST, Tuguegarao"

(Rubber boats are no longer capable [due to excessive flooding] at Barangay Linao East, Tuguegarao [, Cagayan])

Currently, people are asking for help as the water level in Buntun Bridge is still at a critical level. Mayor Jun Decena of the Municipality of Enrile in Cagayan told the media that 16 barangays in the said town are "underwater" and 7,000 families or 32, 600 residents were affected by the flooding. In addition, 60 percent of households are affected by floodwaters and more than 25,000 need rescue as of posting.

Decena urged the public to send relief goods to Enrile, such as food and water. 

"Lahat po ng tulong, wine-welcome ko po sa ating bayan. Itong bayan ko ang pinaka-devastated sa area, kasi kami ang catchbasin," he said. 

(All kinds of help is welcome in our town. My town is the most devastated area, since we are the catch basin [of flood water]).


As Cagayan Valley is devastated due to flooding, there are currently calls for any donations either in cash or in-kind. Click here for the list of fund-raisers.