NEARLY 2,000 persons, or 551 families were affected by the prevailing Super Typhoon Goring (Saola), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday, August 27, 2023.

In a situational report, the NDRRMC said 832 persons or 213 families were inside evacuation centers in several barangays in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley. About 265 persons, or 78 families were outside evacuation centers.

It said necessary assistance has already been provided to the affected individuals.

The disaster bureau said five areas were reported to have been flooded in Ilocos region.

There were also reports that power interruptions were being experienced in Cagayan and Isabela.

Damage to infrastructure was pegged at P40 million in Cagayan Valley.

“We are still yet to receive the official reports from our regions on the details of the effects, but as of now, no casualties are reported as of reporting time,” Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Joint Information Center head Diego Agustin Mariano told reporters in a Viber message.

Goring has already turned into a super typhoon as of Sunday, August 27, with tropical cyclone wind signals hoisted in various areas in the extreme northern Luzon, particularly in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Goring is almost stationary as it begins its loop over the Philippine Sea east of Cagayan-Isabela area Sunday.

“The Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Goring will bring occasional or monsoon rains over the western portions of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas over the next three days,” said Pagasa. (SunStar Philippines)