Odette skids through Cordillera provinces-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Sunday, September 22, 2013
SUPER Typhoon Odette, the strongest weather disturbance so far in 2013, has caused road closures and power interruptions as typhoon signals were hoisted in all Cordillera provinces.
Strong winds and heavy rains prompted Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan to order the cancellation of classes in all colleges early Saturday morning including make-up classes for elementary and high school levels.
Fongwan also halted small-scale mining operations in the province as a preventive measure against possible disasters.
As early as Friday morning, the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman Andrew Alex Uy placed their operations center on red alert to prepare for the onslaught of the super typhoon.
Power interruptions were also reported in several towns and barangays in Apayao, Ifugao, Baguio City and Kalinga due to fallen poles brought about by strong winds and toppled trees as response teams from electric cooperatives moved to restore power in these areas.
Closures were also reported in several national roads including Claveria-Calanasan Road in Apayao; Kalinga-Abra, Tabuk-Banaue and Balbalan – Pinukpuk Roads remain closed due to recurring landslides.
In Benguet, road closures were also reported by the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road while in Mt. Province, road closures were reported in the Natonin-Paracellis Road Hakrang Section, Baguio to Bontoc Road Tiktik Section, Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road and Dantay–Sagada Road.
The DPWH has been conducting a 24-hour road clearing operations in these areas. Ambuclao and Binga dams have also opened gates as waters rose near critical levels.
Agencies comprising the CRDRRMC have also been on standby to provide assistance and response to local governments in need.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 23, 2013.