“Lawin” wrecks La Union agri crops, other damages

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has released initial reports on damages in the province wrought by super typhoon “Lawin” that pummeled Northern Luzon and brought extensive destruction in its path.

Issued Friday, the official reports showed that damage to agriculture was estimated at more than P15-million, with rice crops sustaining more than P14-million. Damage to corn and vegetables was estimated at as least P1-million.

There were 10 partially- damaged houses in the towns of Naguilian (3), Pugo (3), Burgos (3); and Sto. Tomas (1).

Two casualties were also reported by the local disaster council, but their names and causes of deaths were not available. Jeremy M. Morta, 25, and Raquel Flores, 10, suffered head injuries due to fallen trees.

Resident fixes his roof in Pagdalagan, San Fernando City, La Union on October 21, 2016. VIC ALHAMBRA JR/northboundasia.com
Resident repairs his roof after Supertyphoon Lawin struck in Pagdalagan, San Fernando City, La Union on October 21, 2016. VIC ALHAMBRA JR/northboundasia.com

Electric power supply in the province resumed operations after the restoration of transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines- North Luzon (NGCP), except for areas where cause of interruption lies on the distribution utilities – LUELCO and LUECO.

Ten municipalities– San Gabriel, Naguilian, Balaoan, Luna, Bacnotan, Bagulin, Caba, Sudipen, Rosario, and Santol– still do not have power supply. Isolated power interruption is also reported in San Juan, Agoo, Bauang, Tubao, and Aringay as of Friday morning.

All national roads remain passable except for the Luna-Bangar Road due to the waist- deep flood waters in Barangay Rimos 4 in Luna town and motorists are advised to use alternate routes via Luna-Balaoan-Bangar Road.

Meanwhile, classes were suspended in both public and private schools on October 21 in all levels in Agoo, Bangar, Bacnotan, Balaoan, Sto. Tomas, Santol, Rosario, San Fernando City, Bauang, Naguilian, and Sudipen, and in San Fernando City, as declared by their respective local chief executives (LCE).

As of Thursday morning, 1,319 families or 4,599 individuals in La Union were safely moved to evacuation centers. PIA – northboundasia.com