OVER 2,000 individuals have been staying in 45 evacuation centers all over the Cordillera Administrative Region since the onslaught of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recorded 2,688 evacuees representing 77 families in the Cordillera as of Sunday, October 23.

Mountain Province was the third province in the Cordillera to be placed under a state of calamity due to the damages caused by the typhoon. The other two provinces are Apayao and Kalinga.

Of the affected population, at least 14 casualties were recorded. Two were injured and another person was declared missing.

In Ifugao, the casualties were Jay-ar Chawagan, from Ambayak, Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao, who was buried by a landslide while sleeping; and Jaramel Alfaro.

In Benguet, construction workers Edgar Genese and Jonie Borja were both buried in landslide while sleeping in a shanty near a construction site in Longlong, La Trinidad.

Brothers Joshua and Jessie Hella were also buried when a landslide hit their shanty in Long-ayan, Sagpat in Kibungan town.

Another fatality was 20-day-old John Carlos Hatap, from Sitio Sablang, Sagpat, who also died in a landslide. Injured was Meljun Hatap, who sustained a minor injury on his left hand.

In Buguias, Arsenio Sad-ang Lantaen died after a landslide hit his house in Tabbacan, Abatan.

Other fatalities were members of the Dup-as family in Lower Uma, Lubuagan, namely, Ceasar, Amelia, Aireen Caleb and Tak Goo Mor who were all buried in a landslide in Barangay Collong, said the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Authorities have yet to verify a reported death in Batong Buhay, Pasil.

Aside from casualties, at least 1,127 houses were damaged in Kalinga, while 264 were destroyed, adding to the total of 2,611 houses damaged and 423 destroyed structures in Cordillera.

The OCD also reported that Larry Duyapat was declared missing from Barangay Hungduan in Ifugao. Witnesses said he was seen swept away by strong river current in Barangay Baang.

As to agricultural damage, the Department of Agriculture initially reported P26,162,377.89 worth of damages to rice, corn and high-value crops all over the region.

Power in most barangays of Baguio City has been restored, while electricity has also been restored to 75 percent of the villages in Benguet province.

The provinces of Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province, Kalinga and lfugao are still experiencing massive power outages, with most communication lines down since the typhoon ravaged Thursday, October 20.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, meanwhile, reported 53 national, provincial and municipal road networks not passable due to road blocks caused by fallen trees, fallen posts, landslides, road slips, and debris. At least 11 roads were opened for traffic.