QUEZON CITY, Oct. 20 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council through its Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator USEC Ricardo Jalad issued the statement on Super Typhoon Lawin.
“The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council continues to coordinate with the Regional and Local Councils on the impacts of STY LAWIN. Currently, LAWIN has weakened in a typhoon as it traverses the province of Ilocos Norte.
Initial reports received from Regional DRRM Councils show a number of infrastructures damaged. Many trees were uprooted and electric posts toppled because of the strong winds brought by the typhoon.
Some provinces had a preventive shutdown of electricity to prevent incidents of electrocution. A regionwide power outage was reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Some road networks in CAR, Cagayan and Isabela are impassable due to landslides and toppled tress and electric posts. There are reports of intermittent mobile communication lines. Around 601 passengers are stranded in Region V.
Meanwhile, around 13,428 families or 61,126 persons were affected in 118 barangays in Regions I, II, III, V and CAR. A total of 3, 919 families or 15, 328 persons were displaced and 3,825 families or 14, 895 persons are currently taking shelter in 136 evacuation centers. Theses numbers are progressive as we await updates from other Local Councils.
Search, rescue and retrieval operations are ongoing in areas traversed by STY LAWIN.
The government is preparing for road reconnaissance for initial assessment of the damages brought by STY LAWIN. Initial assessment of its effects is ongoing. Currently, the National Council is awaiting for the reports from the Regional DRRM Councils as STY LAWIN continues to bring strong winds in Northen Luzon.” (NDRRMC-PIA)