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Disaster-reduction body: 'Juan' leaves 7 dead, 9 injured

October 19, 2010 8:26am
UPDATED 9:30 a.m. — Super typhoon "Juan" (international name: Megi) has left seven people dead and nine others injured on Tuesday morning, a day after it made landfall in Northern Luzon.

In its 6:00 a.m. report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the latest fatality, Andres Realina, 36, of Irisan, Baguio City, died after being pinned down by a tree.

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said the other fatalities were from Pangasinan.

“Pito na ngayon ang confirmed dead, apat sa Pangasinan ... Kagabi namatay pero ngayon na-recover ang katawan. Ang isa tinamaan ng kidlat sa Mangatarem, patay. Ang tatlo sa San Fabian caused by falling tree ," he said in an interview on dzBB radio.

(At least seven have been confirmed dead, four of them in Pangasinan. One was hit by lightning in Mangatarem while three were killed after a tree fell on their house in San Fabian.)

A separate report by dzBB’s Pangasinan affiliate identified the victim in San Fabian as Annalisa Magsano, 30, and her two children.

The report said the three were inside their house when an anahaw tree crashed down on it at about 7:00 p.m.

On Monday, NDRRMC confirmed the deaths of Vicente Decena, 53, in Cagayan; and Aileen Respicio, 20, in Kalinga.

Nine persons injured

The NDRRMC said at least nine people were injured, including:
  • Joseph Sabben, 5, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, hit by fallen live wire;
  • Two women hit by collapsed glass wall in Tuguegarao City;
  • Two DPWH personnel hit by collapsed LTO wall in Solana, Cagayan;
  • Joanna Marie Respicio, 1, Rizal, Kalinga;
  • Abner Riponiar, 29, Baguio City;
  • Antonio Mendoza Jr., 49, Tabuk, Kalinga, and
  • Maribeth Lumawig, 29, Pinukpuk, Kalinga.

    At least 7,951 persons affected

    "Juan" affected some 1,689 families (or 7,951 people) in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley,
    Central Luzon and Cordillera.

    The Bureau of Fire Protection evacuated 10 families (or 36 people) from Tarlac.

    Meanwhile, at least five houses were completely destroyed while 30 houses were partially damaged.

    Impassable roads

    As of Tuesday, the roads that are still impassable were:
  • Daang Maharlika from Tuguegarao City to Cauayan City, not passable
    due to fallen trees and electric posts;

  • Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road, Marnas Bridge, Tanglagan Section;

  • Lenneng-Cabugao Road closed due to landslides;

  • Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road, saddle section closed due to swelling of
    Maranas River;

  • Rabaw Section Km 72 closed due to fallen trees;

  • Mt. Province Boundary-Calanan Road Bannagao Section, due to soil and
    rock slides;

  • Mt. Province Boundary-Calanan Road Dallimono Section;

  • Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue; Mt. Province-Cagayan via
    Tabuk-Enrile Road, Makutiti in Ampawilen, Sadanga; and Mamaga,
    Sadanga, closed due to landslides;

  • Baguio-Bontoc Road, Gonogon Section, closed due to landslides;

  • Banaue-Mayoyao Road, Km 483-040, Km 483+080, Km 407 Saddle-Golongan
    Section, closed due to landslides;

  • Manila North Road in Sagayaden, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur;

  • Claveria-Calanasan Road, Mabanong Section;

  • Benguet Dalupirip Itogon and Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road;

  • Kennon Road

    Power failure

    According to the NDRRMC, power failures have been experienced in the following areas:
  • Cordillera;
  • Cagayan;
  • Ilocos Norte;
  • Ilocos Sur;
  • Isabela, and
  • La Union.

    Communication problems

    Smart Communications, a telecommunications company, reported that its services in Isabela and Cagayan were affected by the typhoon but claimed a 95-percent service restoration those areas by 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

    Smart said it sent to the affected areas generators and fuel good for five days.

    Globe Telecoms, on the other hand, reported that 115 base stations (2G), 33 nodes (3G) and two WIMAX sites in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera were affected by the typhoon.

    Sun Cellular reported that its 52 sites were down in Cagayan Valley due to power outages and strong winds. The local telephone network was also down.

    The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered public telecommunication entities to make available technical personnel on a 24/7 basis and to provide sufficient standby generators with enough fuel.

    The NTC also ordered the deployment of mobile cell sites to affected areas.

    When a communication blackout hits an area, the NTC said "Oplan Bayanihan,"
    involving amateur and civic radio groups, should step up to support the residents.

    Maritime incidents

    At least four crewmen of a fishing vessel were rescued at 1:30 p.m. on Monday while the vessel tried to dock in Salipsip village in Polillo, Quezon.

    Strong waves struck the boat and caused a big hole but the four crewmen were rescued.

    Disaster preparedness

    Pangasinan district hospitals were placed on alert, while the provincial health office prepared 50 bottles of hydrochloride solution for distribution in flood-hit areas. –VVP, GMANews.TV
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