Over one thousand sixteen residents or 310 families fled from their homes to safer grounds in Cagayan province. According to the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Office (PDRRMO), at least 140 families from Sta. Ana (425 individuals) were evacuated. While 104 families from Gonzaga (371 individuals) and fifty-four families from Calayan Island (182 individuals) were taken to evacuation centers. Six more families (18 individuals) from Gattaran and
six families (20 individuals) from Sta. Teresita was later taken to safer locations.

Concerned LGUs provided evacuees with food packs from the DSWD. The Cagayan Provincial Information Office claimed that the food packs were initial assistance to refugees. Rescue and retrieval teams of the provincial government of Cagayan are also on standby together with the Philippine Army, the Bureau of Fire and Protection, and local police officers. Meanwhile, an already
decomposing whale, of still unidentified specie was buried by workers of the Sta. Ana local government after residents found the huge sea creature at the shore in Barangay Centro. The Cagayan provincial information office claimed that a backhoe from the LGU was used to dig up a deep grave near the shore, then carried the creature to its grave.

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