1 dead in Abra due to Typhoon ‘Vinta’-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Sunday, November 3, 2013
TWO fishermen were among the casualties during the onslaught of Typhoon Vinta Friday.
Manny Tabas, 41, drowned at the Baybayatin River in Lagayan, Abra after checking his improvised fish trap using a life buoy when it overturned causing him to drown in the swollen river.
Rescuers recovered the lifeless body of victim at the riverbanks and immediately rushed him to the Abra Provincial Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, another fisherman went missing in Quidaoen, San Juan, Abra identified as Loridel Baldos, 30, who was guarding his fish trap when he was carried away by strong water current. Search operations are now being conducted by local authorities.
Apayao province took the hit of Typhoon Vinta with majority of damaged houses reported in the towns of Calanasan, Luna, Flora, Sta. Marcela.
The Office of Civil Defense reported 130 totally damaged houses in Flora and Sta. Marcela towns while 1,580 partially damaged houses were reported in Sta. Marcela, Flora, Luna and Calanasan.
During the height of the typhoon last October 31, several towns in Apayao lost electricity due to toppled poles and tripped wires which the Cagayan Electric Cooperative repaired until the weekend.
Temprary road closures were also reported in the Calanasan-Claveria Road, Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road and the Abra-Kalinga Road.
Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director Leonardo Reynoso said they provided relief goods to individuals affected by the said disaster.
Reynoso said there are initially 4,680 family packs already prepositioned in the various provinces in the region. Of these, 850 family packs are in Abra; 1,450 in Apayao; 400 in Ifugao; 1,030 in Kalinga; and 950 are in Mt. Province.
Some 3,561 family packs are on standby at the Regional Office and are ready for augmentation to the provinces, including Benguet. A total of P463,408.86 Quick Response Fund is also maintained by the DSWD-CAR for emergency situations.
Reynoso further added the Social Welfare and Development teams of the DSWD-CAR in all provinces are continuously monitoring and assessing the impact of Typhoon Vinta in their respective provinces.
A Quick Action Response Team located at the DSWD-CAR Field Office is also on duty to further monitor and assess the impact of the typhoon in the region.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 04, 2013.