SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — A barge was stranded along the shore in Sitio Banks in Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union due to strong winds in the Lingayen Gulf caused by typhoon “Karen,” the La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported on Sunday.
Disaster rescue teams from the PDRRMC assisted by tying a rope to the barge to prevent it from being jarred and damaged by strong waves.
Meanwhile, some 300 persons were preemptively evacuated in several towns, particularly Aringay, Agoo, and Rosario, La Union before and during the onslaught of the typhoon.
The PDRRMC said that in Bauang, at least 160 persons from Barangay Pilar and another 40 persons from Barangay Santiago were evacuated.
There were 25 persons evacuated in Barangay Sta. Rita and another 11 in Barangay Ambitacay, both in Agoo.
In Rosario town, two families were evacuated to the Barangay Hall of Benteng-Sapilang; one family to the Barangay Hall in Cataguingtingan; four families to the Barangay Hall in Cadumania; and three families to the Barangay Hall in Parasapas.
One house was totally damaged due to a fallen tree at Barangay Inabaan, Rosario, while three houses were partially damaged in Barangay Macalva Norte, Agoo, La Union.
All major thoroughfares in the province are still passable to all types of vehicle. Continuous monitoring on the coastal areas is going on while the PDRRMC is also coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the other disaster response teams.
Clearing operations to remove fallen trees along the national highway are going on in Barangays Sevilla and Pagdaraon in San Fernando City, with the assistance of the the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Erwin Beleo and Vicente Alhambra, Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com