Clearing operations underway in areas hit by 'Vinta'-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
CONCERNED government agencies have already mobilized their personnel for clearing operations on roads affected by typhoon "Vinta" in some parts of Northern Philippines, a Palace official said on Friday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said necessary contingency measures are now in place to mitigate the impact of the typhoon which left the Philippine area of responsibility Friday afternoon without casualty.
The typhoon, however, pushed 113 families or 382 people in Cagayan and Isabela provinces to move to safer ground, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its 6 a.m. report.
Vinta, which is headed for Vietnam next week, left behind debris from uprooted trees in Conner, Luna, Pudtol and Sta. Marcela in Apayao.
As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the national road from Aparri to Tuguegarao City was not passable because of fallen trees.
The NDRRMC also said the Tawi overflow bridge in Peñablanca in Cagayan and Pinacanauan overflow bridge in Tuguegarao City were not passable due to the swollen river.
Power was cut in parts of Northern Cagayan as early as 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Apayao lost electric power since 5 p.m.
Valte said the Department of Public Works and Highways, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the local government units have deployed their personnel to clear debris on the roads in Ilocos Norte.
She said the government, through various concerned agencies, have already pre-positioned all available resources in terms of manpower response teams, equipment, rescue assets, and relief goods. (SDR/JK/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)