Great flood in Cagayan: A case of unclear communication?

MANILA, Philippines — It was the worst flooding they have experienced in 40 years — people stranded on their almost totally submerged homes after Typhoon Ulysses lashed majority of the Luzon region with its rain bands discarding ample amount of water over Cagayan and Isabela.

But some local officials think the typhoon was not solely to blame for their current unfortunate conditions; they believe water from one of the country’s largest dams — Magat Dam — could be the main culprit.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) had released advisories informing cities and municipalities in areas surrounding the Magat Dam, located along Magat River which is a major tributary of…

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