Liquor banned in Isabela as 'Dindo' nears

Posted at 06/27/2012 8:06 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2012 8:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Isabela has implemented a ban on the sale of alcohol as part of its preparation for tropical storm “Dindo,” which continues to move towards extreme Northern Luzon.

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy said a meeting was held with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wedneday to discuss evacuation measures and relief efforts in case the storm hits the province.

Isabela was placed under signal number 2, along with Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan group, Batanes group of islands, Apayao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

Several schools have also suspended classes due to the incoming storm.

As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dy said the province had not yet experienced heavy rains but strong winds were already felt along the coastal provinces.

Dy also said they are monitoring the water level of Magat Dam, which is now at 183.85 cubic meters.

It is well below the dam’s critical level of 193 cubic meters.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is now on red alert as several provinces have been placed under a storm signal.

It reminded fishermen not to sail, and also warned farmers against lightning strikes.

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos told ANC that 6 people have been killed by lightning as of Tuesday.

“Pinagiingatan natin hindi lamang ang mataas na alon, pati ‘yung kidlat,” he said. -- With a report from Julius Camba, ABS-CBN News Cagayan Valley