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Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity, PDRRMC records P673M damage by super typhoon 'Lawin'

by PGIN-CMO

Oct. 22, 2016 ...

In the wake of the recent typhoon 'Lawin' (international name 'Haima') which left an estimated Php673,493,056.06 worth of damages in Ilocos Norte, the whole province was declared under a state of calamity through a special session held by the provincial board at 2PM today, October 21, 2016.

As of 1PM, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recorded a total of 274,016,966.06 damage in agriculture while infrastructure damage reached Php399,476,090.00.

According to the report, 10,927 individuals from 127 barangays have been sheltered in over 70 evacuation centers around the province.

A death was reported in Barangay Davila, Pasuquin wherein 85 year-old Aurora Cariaga died due to hypothermia, or abnormal drop in body temperature, triggered by extreme cold weather condition.

While it was earlier reported as casualty based from initial reports that intense winds detached her house's roof which allegedly exposed her to harsh elements, this was later classified as "non-typhoon related casualty."

According to Acting Officer of PDRRMC Pedro Agcaoili, the detached section of the roof was far from the part of her house where she slept and died, based from the assessment of the Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government.

Director Melchito Castro of the Office of the Civil Defense Regional Office 1 lauded the provincial government's preparations to avoid casualties.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating mga governor na maagap ang kanilang preparedness activities at naiwasan natin yung mga casualty... Alam naman natin na itong typhoon 'Lawin' ay super typhoon, kaya talagang puspusan ang paghahandang ginawa ng ating mga local government unit sa pamumuno ng ating mga governor."

He further thanked the residents for their "overwhelming cooperation and support" in achieving the zero casualty target in the entire region.

As early as Monday, October 17, members of the PDRRMC in Ilocos Norte had convened to prepare for the impact of super typhoon 'Lawin.'

On Wednesday morning before Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 4 was declared in Ilocos Norte, Governor Imee Marcos ordered city and municipal mayors to implement preemptive evacuation to high risk areas.

Classes in all levels were suspended since October 19, and work in both public and private institutions were also cancelled since October 20.

Meanwhile, over 3,000 relief packs containing rice, canned goods, coffee packs, as well as assorted medicines were being distributed to the affected residents since yesterday.

Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative is currently working for the full restoration of power lines in the entire province which were shut off on Wednesday. Some parts of the province were already energized.

The Provincial Capitol is offering free call and charging services in cooperation with telecommunication companies.

Flight services of the Laoag International Airport also resumed as of 6:25AM today.

Typhoon 'Lawin' has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility around 5PM of October 20.