Communication lines down, power off in Batanes due to ‘Ferdie’

MANILA — Communication lines and power were cut off in Batanes Wednesday as typhoon “Ferdie” made landfall in this northern province early morning.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan in a briefing, said electricity lines were shut down to prevent further damage.

And, the NDRRMC rapid telecommunication team is set to sail for Batanes as soon as the weather improves, Marasigan added.

As of this posting, there are no reported casualties for Typhoon “Ferdie” even as 16 persons and seven ships of various sizes remain stranded in Cagayan Port.

Marasigan said they are yet to report cases of flooding and landslides in “Ferdie” battered Northern Luzon.

She added that the NDRRMC is now monitoring Typhoon “Gener” which is expected to follow the same path of “Ferdie.”

The NDRRMC Central Office is still on “blue alert” with “red alert” raised in all their Northern Luzon offices. PNA/