Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday the situation in typhoon-battered Cagayan is “much better” even as some areas remain flooded due to Typhoon Ulysses.

leni - VP Robredo visits Cagayan, sees some improvement in flood-hit communities
Vice President Leni Robredo
. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo made this assessment after her inspection of the flood-hit communities, where she brought relief assistance to affected residents.

Robredo went to Centro and Linao East, both in Tuguegarao City. The houses in these barangays were submerged in floodwaters after the Ulysses’ onslaught.

“We arrived in Cagayan this morning. Our team arrived a few hours earlier with supplies,” she said in a Twitter post.

The vice president added “many areas are still flooded but water receded already.”

Robredo has been visiting typhoon victims on the ground because she believes personal presence is important during relief operations after calamities.

Rescue and relief operations continue in Cagayan and Isabela to assist typhoon victims. Both provinces have been placed under state of calamity due to the massive flooding.

Robredo went live on her Facebook page during her visit to Tuguegarao City. She was accompanied by Councilor Marj Poblete Martin.

“Most residents were requesting food and water. There were parts which lost water,” she said in Filipino.

She also shared the experiences of people who told her about the heavy floods in their areas as high as 16 feet. “There were 46 of 49 barangays which were underwater, but now a few is only left flooded.”

Robredo said she would also visit Isabela within the day as part of her office’s relief operations.

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