MANILA -- The government reported on Monday that 3,687 individuals from Northern Luzon were brought to safer grounds as Typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) continues its onslaught.
In its 4 p.m. report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 61 families or 320 people were evacuated from three towns in Isabela while 576 families or 2,786 people from five towns in Cagayan were also evacuated.
Sixty families or 240 persons were evacuated in Pangasinan, five families or 25 individuals took better shelter in Kalinga while 79 families or 316 people moved to an evacuation center in La Union.
But one person perished after he drowned in Cagayan river, one of the areas which bore the brunt of the typhoon after it slammed into the Sierra Madre mountains before noon.
NDRRMC Director Benito Ramos confirmed that the body of a certain Vicente Decena was retrieved in Bunton Bridge in the province.
Decena, 53, reportedly drowned in Cagayan River while he was tending his Carabao.
Meanwhile, a child suffered minor wounds from a fallen live wire in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
As expected, passengers in seaports were stranded due to the stormy weather.
The NDRMMC said 274 passengers, 10 rolling cargoes, 26 vessels and 47 motorbancas were stranded. Some 180 people were put on hold in Batangas port, 33 people at the Puerto Real port in Quezon, and 51 people at Santa Ana in Isabela province.
Earlier, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said no vessel were allowed to sail in areas under storm signals 2, 3, and 4 while vessels under 1,000 gross tons were likewise barred to sail.
Subtransmission lines were damaged in Cagayan due to tripping but the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said these have been fully restored.
In Roxas town in calamity-hit Isabela, the government said the area went through power outage while trees were uprooted and roofs being blown down by strong winds. Power interruption also occurred in Tabuk, Kalinga.
In Cordillera region, the Benguet-Dalupirip-Itogon and the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet road was closed to traffic due to landslides. Slides also rendered the Claveria-Calanasan road, Mabanong section in Apayao impassable as well as the Lenneng-Cabugap road.
Over at Mountain Province, the Calanan boundary, Calaan road, Bannagao section and one lane of the Dalimono section were closed due to slides.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it deployed 576 quick response teams, 183 social welfare teams and 3,073 volunteers tasked for warehousing and stockpiling of food and non-food items.
The agency said it prepositioned 18, 147 family food packs worth P2.92 million, other food and non-food items worth P121.98 million and standby funds worth P2.83 million in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, National Capital Region (NCR) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). (Virgil Lopez/With Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)