Cagayan declares state of calamity, 'Quiel' intensifies into a typhoon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) – The local government of Cagayan declared a state of calamity Friday due to the massive floods in its northern municipalities.

Four people were killed, and one remains missing in Cagayan, according to the latest tally of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Two fatalities were recorded in Claveria town, its mayor, Celia Layus confirmed.

Layus told CNN Philippines’ Balitaan that a minor died of drowning, and the other one, due to landslide.

She said around 2,200 families were affected, as floodwaters submerged five villages.

Nasa barangay hall sila,” she said, as they sought shelter.

[Translation: They are in the village hall.]

Classes in all levels have also been suspended in Allacapan town.

Based on the latest update by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Quiel was last spotted over water, 535 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and is moving west at a speed of 15 kph.

Quiel is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Gale warnings have been raised on the Western coasts of the Philippines, as the weather bureau warned against tall waves.

Meanwhile, Calanasan in Apayao has been placed under a state of calamity on Friday due to the impact of heavy rains.

According to the NDRRMC, Quiel has affected more than 5,433 families.