TS “Lawin” causes minimal damage in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY — Super typhoon “Lawin” left minimal damage and “zero casualty” in Baguio City, the Baguio City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported on Friday.

The report further indicated that there were six landslides, four soil erosions resulting to 13 damaged houses.

Typhoon “Lawin” toppled 58 trees and damaged 10 electrical posts and equipment in Baguio City.

Based on the CDRRMC report there were two flooding incidents, one damaged riprap, two damaged drainage, a sinkhole in Barangay Dominican Hill, one overflowing creek at Barangay Hillside and one incident of scattered debris.

The landslides and erosions occurred in Barangays Pinsao Pilot, Pucay Village, Honeymoon, Atok Trail, DPS, Km. 4 and Longlong.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) reported that 481 families or 1,910 individuals from 22 barangays were served in 21 evacuation centers.

Most of the evacuees were from Barangay Lower Rock Quarry who were moved to the Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School to avoid the expected flooding of the City Camp lagoon.

The flooding of the lagoon did not happen due to the anticipated efforts of City Engineer’s Office (CEO) personnel and barangay volunteers to clear the tunnel inlets to prevent clogging.

Power has been restored to about 75 percent of barangays in Baguio City being served by the Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc (BENECO).

Personnel from the CEO and the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) are conducting inspections of damaged infrastructure and utilities.

Earlier, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in a press conference, called on the residents of Baguio City to be ready for Super Typhoon “Lawin” and advised the residents to undertake safety and reinforcement measures for their properties and to move to safer grounds if they reside in flood and landslide-prone areas including those that exhibit cracks and lined with trees in danger of falling.

The CDRRMC attributes the minimal damage to the adherence of the residents to the mayor’s call. Jojo Lamaria/PNA