TUGUEGARAO CITY -- Cagayan Governor Manuel Màmba has called on the national government for assistance in the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Lawin.

In an interview with the Philippines News Agency (PNA), Mamba expressed optimism that the national government would immediately send assistance to the province.

Cagayan bore the brunt of 'Lawin', whose 225 kph winds lashed at the province for almost 10 hours, leaving it in total devastation.

Mamba said they have yet to receive reports from the field after the typhoon downed communication lines. Power has also been cut in the province after 'Lawin' toppled electric posts and power transformers. Many roads have been rendered impassable, isolating most areas, he said.

According to the governor, the hardest-hit areas include Penàblanca, Tuguegarao, Solano, Iguig, Amulung, Tuao, Sto Nino, Rizal, Alcala.

In Nueva Vizcaya, typhoon Lawin left damages to crops and infrastructure but did not claim any life.

With its strong winds deflected by the province’s mountain shields of Caraballo, Sierra Madre and Cordillera ranges, 'Lawin' failed to take a heavy toll on houses and other infrastructure projects.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported zero casualty after the typhoon.

Acting PDRRM officer, Genaro Basilio Jr., said they are in the process of consolidating the damages inflicted by 'Lawin' and its predecessor, Typhoon Karen.

"Because of the typhoons that happened this week, we may have damages and degree of affectation that would merit the declaration of a state of calamity,” he said.

Basilio said however that the province was generally spared by ‘Lawin’ because of pre-emptive evacuation efforts made by local government units and barangay (village) officials.

“Relief assistance is available at the provincial government, should affected municipalities and barangays need them. They only need to provide us a report of their respective communities,” he said.

The national highway from Diadi to Sta. Fe towns is passable to all types of vehicles with light to moderate traffic due to road works along portions of the Maharlika highway.

A landslide which occurred early morning Friday at the Putlan-Minuli road section stalled commuters but was declared open after clearing operations by the Department of Public Works and Highways. (PNA)