LPA damages in Northern Mindanao reach P85-M

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Friday, January 17, 2014


AROUND P85-million worth of infrastructures and agriculture were destroyed as Low Pressure Area (LPA) barreled Northern Mindanao Region and now it has been lingering due to the breeze of the northeastern monsoon and the high pressure that pushes it down.

Chances of it turning into a tropical cyclone next week is about 30 to 50 percent, according to Ann Fortich of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) El Salvador City satellite office in an interview on Testigo Northern Mindanao.

Based on the data sent by the Office of Civil Defense-Northern Mindanao (OCD-10), the infrastructure damaged by the LPA are the Larapan Bridge in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte and the Bailey Concrete in Lawigan, Catarman, Camiguin Province that costs P100,000.

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The Kolambogan-Tangkal Provincial road was also deemed impassable because of the damage the LPA brought.

Some village roads and national highway in Munai, Lanao del Norte are also damaged due to landslides brought about by the LPA.

The municipalities in Linamon, Kauswagan, and Kapatagan declared a ‘state of calamity’ due to the flooding brought about by the inclement weather.

School classes in Misamis Oriental and Gingoog city were cancelled since January 14, 2014.

Affected population

In Bukidnon province, 86 families that constitute 356 individuals evacuated due to the LPA, while in Valencia City five families are affected.

In Mambajao town in Camiguin province around 7,381 families or 34,371 individuals are affected by the LPA while in Lanao del Norte 4,757 individuals evacuated out of the 5,822 affected.

Meanwhile, two persons from Misamis Occidental died due to electrocution and drowning in Misamis Occidental.

Richard Aljas from Calamba, Misamis Oriental died of electrocution while Arlene Fuentes who is only thirteen-year old died of drowning.

Misamis Occidental, based on the report by its Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council-Northern Mindanao (RDRRMC-10), recorded 186 individuals or 62 families were evacuated.

Also, 58 houses were totally destroyed while 392 houses were partially damaged due to the LPA in the region.

Flights resumed

Flights at Laguindingan airport have resumed slowly since Wednesday as the LPA brings only moderate rainfall improving visibility at the aiport.

Some fishermen in barangay Bonbon here in the city have been warned not to fish as LPA still hovers in the Philippine area of responsibility.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 17, 2014.

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