‘Lawin’ destroys houses, topples trees and electric posts in Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The wrath of Typhoon “Lawin” (international name “Haima”) in northern Luzon, including Cagayan province, has severely damaged houses along its path, toppled trees, electric posts and left several areas inundated.

Updates from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office said thousands of residents are still experiencing the effects of “Lawin” as it moves away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Lawin is expected to exit Thursday evening.

Personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways, police and the military are currently conducting clearing operations to rid Maharlika Highway of fallen trees and damaged electric posts, the provincial information office said.

Due to toppled electric posts, most parts of the province are without electricity.

The city disaster risk reduction management office, meanwhile, said assessment of the damages caused by the typhoon may take several days.

On Thursday, the state weather bureau has lowered the warning signal for Lawin from 5 down to 4 as it moves toward China. Simeon Dilan/PNA-northboundasia.com