Over 3k relief packs arrive in Ilocos Norte, first Typhoon Lawin casualty confirmed


Oct. 21, 2016 ...

Relief goods coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Office arrived at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol this afternoon, containing 3,300 boxes of relief goods for distribution to affected residents.

Each box contains six kilograms of rice, four cans each of sardines and corned beef, and six sachets of coffee. These will supplement existing relief supplies housed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and the DSWD regional office.

As of 2:30 this afternoon, a total of 2,080 families or 7,441 individuals have been evacuated from high-risk areas prone to flooding, landslides, and other incidents.

The breakdown of evacuated individuals is as follows: 1,550 in Pagudpud; 1,265 in Badoc; 976 in Laoag City; 868 in Currimao; 809 in Bangui; 728 in Pasuquin; 308 in Paoay; 288 in Bacarra; 277 in Dingras; 158 in Batac City; 76 in Burgos; 62 in Marcos; 52 in Solsona; 23 in Adams; and one in San Nicolas.

Gov. Imee R. Marcos had ordered municipal and city mayors to implement pre-emptive evacuation through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) by 10:00a.m. yesterday, four hours before Ilocos Norte was placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 4.

By two o'clock this morning, Ilocos Norte was under Signal No. 5. Around the same time, the Ilocos Norte Electrical Corporation had cut off power throughout the province.

Aurora Cariaga, an 85-year-old woman from Sitio Nagabungan of the coastal barangay Davila, Pasuquin, was the first confirmed casualty of Typhoon Lawin in the province.

According to reports, intense winds last night had detached the roof of Cariaga's house, exposing her to harsh elements that likely led to her death.

While the rest of her household had been able to evacuate, she remained at the house for unknown reasons. She was unmarried and had no children.

The province's storm signal has since weakened to Signal No. 4 by 6:00a.m.; No. 3 by 8:00a.m.; No. 2 by 11:00a.m.; and No. 1 by 5:00p.m.

Telecommunications lines returned at around three o'clock, while INEC has reported that restoration of power lines have been ongoing since this morning. Heavy, howling winds and minimal rain persist as of five o'clock.

Among the evacuation centers are elementary and high schools; church buildings; barangay halls and homes of barangay captains; municipal auditoriums and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) offices; city halls; and commercial buildings.

Gov. Marcos has ordered the continued suspension of classes in all levels as well as work in both public and private institutions tomorrow, October 21, for relief, recovery, and clean-up operations.

Exceptions to suspension are the government frontline agencies involved in the said operations.