Residents in 3 Cagayan areas urged to evacuate ASAP

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Policemen in Santa Ana, Cagayan board a truck as they prepare to help residents evacuate prior to Typhoon Dodong's landfall.

(CNN Philippines) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday afternoon (May 10) advised the residents living along coastal and low-lying areas in three Cagayan areas to evacuate immediately, less than an hour before Typhoon Dodong’s expected landfall.

Typhoon Dodong (international name: Noul) continues to threaten three municipalities in Cagayan – namely Santa Ana, Buguey, and Gonzaga – as a storm surge measuring 1.64 meters or 5-feet high is threatening the coastal areas of the aforementioned municipalities.

PAGASA expects Dodong to make landfall at around 5 p.m.

Flash floods are also feared to happen as river systems are expected to rise due to heavy rains brought about by the typhoon.

Fourteen barangays in Santa Ana, 13 in Gonzaga, and 20 in Buguey are highly susceptible to floods.

Ten barangays in Santa Ana and 11 in Gonzaga are also on alert for possible landslides.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, advises local disaster officials to continue implementing pre-emptive evacuation.