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Typhoon Karen leaves 6 dead in Cordillera

August 27, 2008

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Typhoon Karen left six dead and a total of 69 households evacuated in the Cordillera Region with landslides and flood waters resulting from heavy down pour from early dawn August 26 until August 28 morning.

ROAD, ERODED. The big landslide spanning about 30 meters along Gawa, Tocucan, Mountain Province that stopped traffic for a few days. Photo courtesy of Glo A. Tuazon

At least four were reported dead and 23 families evacuated in Benguet, one in Abra and one in Baguio City.

Reports from the Benguet Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, which Gov. Nestor Fongwan leads, the death toll included three children of a mining couple from Barangay Ucab in Itogon. The other casualty is a 33-year old farmer from Natubleng, Buguias. All four were found dead in mudslides.

The victims from Sitio First Gate in Ucab, Itogon Mark Anthony (1), Lester (8) and Alvin Somera (10), were brought to the Sacred Heart Hospital Wednesday but were reportedly pronounced dead-on-arrival. Their parents, Rogel and Lorenza, small-scale miners, were out of the house with two more of their children, when their house collapsed with the loosened ground.

Twenty-three more households had to be evacuated to the Evangelical Church in Ucab. Ten of the evacuated families are living in temporary dwellings below the Itogon road while the rest are in First Gate, according to Barangay Capt. Eduardo Daniel in an interview.

Daniel said the provincial government sent a relief team in time for the evacuation. It distributed blankets, canned goods, rice and other food supplies.

“Evacuees started fixing their houses as soon as the rains stopped Thursday,” Daniel told Nordis.

Fongwan identified the lone Buguias casualty as Arnold Attiw, who was also covered with mudslides Wednesday.

Two male residents of Sitio Supang in Poblacion, Itogon were injured. Gerry Fabilaran, 33, was hit by a GI sheet while Benguet Electric Cooperative lineman Milton Sotero, 30, fell from an electric post.

Several road networks earlier reported closed due to slides have been opened with concerned local government units initiating clearing operations. Tuba’s Kennon road, Kapangan road and the Itogon road were reportedly closed Wednesday but have been cleared in due time, according to Fongwan.

Farm and crop damages are still undergoing evaluation at the time of the interview with Fongwan. He said, the strawberry fields here were flooded that farmers need new planting materials to replace the damaged crops.

Meanwhile, in Baguio City, the typhoon claimed 72-year old Petra Kadatar of Barangay Pinsao, also due to a landslide, while 21-year old, Hesterlee Anne Carpiso of Barangay Sta. Scholastica was injured.

In Abra, 12-year old Camille Rasalan also died when she was hit by a fallen tree at the height of the typhoon, while in La Union, 77-year old Hilario Badungan also died after being buried in a landslide.

On August 21, the Office of the Civil Defense in the Cordillera reported 14 families in Itogon remained threatened with landslides, while 46 families earlier evacuated in Abra have started returning home. It also said floodwaters in Bangued and La Paz towns in Abra and in Rizal, Kalinga have subsided. # Lyn V. Ramo(NorthernDispatch)

‘Karen’ leaves P166-M crop losses, infra damage in Cagayan

August 24, 2008

By Charlie Lagasca
Sunday, August 24, 2008


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TUGUEGARAO CITY – Millions of pesos in damage to crops and infrastructure were reported in this country’s northernmost Cagayan province as a result of typhoon Karen which lashed through Northern Luzon over the week.

Two coastal towns in the northern part of the province are now under a state of calamity with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to conduct a special session today for the official declaration of the whole province under a state of calamity.

According to initial reports, the province is already losing at least P166 million worth of damage caused by the recent typhoon, of which 90 percent or around P164 million being damaged to agriculture, especially rice, corn and fishery areas.

Most of the damage had been reported in the coastal areas of the province like Santa Ana and Buguey, which are now under a state of calamity, as 50 percent of their rice crop were reportedly irreparably damaged by Karen’s wrath.

A fatality was also reported in Santa Ana town, the lone typhoon victim here, while more than 400 houses have been either partially damaged or washed out, displacing hundreds of families in the process, especially in the province’s northern coastal areas where the eye of the typhoon passed through.

Buguey Mayor Ignacio Taruc said that with the extent of damage to agriculture in his town, farmers would not be able to recover without outside assistance.

Also, power has yet to be restored in at least six towns here as more than 90 wooden electric poles, mostly in northern parts of the province, were toppled, which also brought serious damages to power cables from the typhoon’s strong winds.

Among the towns still without electricity are Santa Ana, Buguey, Camalaniugan, Santa Teresita and Gattaran and parts of Gonzaga and Aparri.

Gov. Alvaro Antonio, for his part, has asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here to conduct a special session today for it to officially declare a state of calamity throughout Cagayan, one of the worse-hit provinces in Northern Luzon.

The neighboring province of Ilocos Norte as well as the upland Benguet province and parts of Pangasinan were already placed under a state of calamity, owing to the same degree of agriculture and infrastructure damages caused by the typhoon.

Despite the extent of damage to rice crops, Raymund Tafalla of the National Food Authority said the region has enough buffer stock for its rice needs, including a contingency plan for lean months.

Isabela spared

Meanwhile, unlike in previous typhoons, farmers in neighboring Isabela were somehow thankful to Karen for the rain it brought, expressing optimism that the province would reach its target of 306 percent rice production this year.

Dr. Danilo Tumamao, provincial agriculture officer, said the two-day rains brought by the typhoon here have resulted in minimal damage to crops. In fact, he said, these rains were beneficial for thousands of farmers here who had been waiting for rain for their irrigation.

Tumamao said that whatever damage had been caused by the recent typhoon as far as the agriculture sector is concerned, was inconsequential, and would not affect the province’s target of 306 percent rice production this year, surpassing its output last year.

Last year, Isabela, the country’s major rice and corn-producing province, posted a 230 percent production in rice, meaning that it had a surplus production of 130 percent which is all exported out of the province, especially to areas in and around Metro Manila.(PhilStar)

Karen death toll rises to 9

August 23, 2008

Typhoon caused P57-million damage to 223 schools


BAGUIO CITY — The death toll wrought by Typhoon Karen in the Cordillera region rose to nine after rescuers recovered the bodies of two workers buried by a landslide at a mine site in Tuba, Benguet yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday said Typhoon Karen caused R57 million worth of damage to 223 schools in north Luzon.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the Cordillera identified the landslide victims as Ernest Piduca, 46, and Alberto Caballero, 45, both pit watchers of the Philex Mining corporation in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet.

Before the recovery of the two bodies of mine workers, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported that Karen left seven people dead and around R3.7 million in damages in Northern Luzon.

The two mine workers were inspecting the subsidence area of the mining company when a portion of the mountain collapsed and buried them, and three bulldozers and two pay loaders owned by the company during the height of Typhoon Karen last Wednesday.

In Tinglayan, Kalinga, a certain Ambrocio Gayad reportedly died after he drowned in the Chico River at the height of Typhoon Karen last Wednesday.

Two of the three missing persons were identified as Mary Andugan alias Banganay, 76 of Besao East, Besao, Mountain province and Faustino Bilema, 66, of San Juan, Abra while another missing person believed to be from Tineg, Abra, remains unidentified.

Andugan was reported missing by relatives last Wednesday. They said she was walking home from Lobon, Tadian town to Besao, Mountain Province via the short cut route.

Bilema was reportedly carried away by the rampaging waters of the Malanas River in San Juan, Abra.

OCD-CAR officials blamed the bogged down communication facilities as the primary culprit in the submission of belated reports especially in the death toll in the Cordillera.

The DepEd Calamity Information Center reported that the recent typhoon damaged 100 schools in Region I, 62 schools in Region II, and 61 schools in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). It estimated damage to each region at R15,222,073, R19,230,000 and R22,400,000 respectively.

In Region I, Ilocos Norte suffered damage worth R8,971,000 arising from 42 destroyed schools while Laoag City had 33 damaged schools worth R5,106, 673.

The other areas affected in Region I were in Vigan City with 19 schools worth R1,094,400 and in Alaminos City in Pangasinan with one school worth R50,000.

In Region 2, 54 schools worth R16, 230,000 were destroyed in Nueva Vizcaya and eight schools worth R3 million were damaged in Cagayan province.

In CAR, Abra was hardest hit with 61 damaged school buildings or an estimated damage cost of R22,400,000.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the figures are still subject for validation. The damages, he added are expected to rise as more reports are coming in from the field.

Before hitting Hong Kong, Karen (international codename Nuri) left seven people dead and around R3.7 million in damages in Northern Luzon, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported.

Meanwhile, Lapus expressed confidence that the law that provides additional R9,000 compensation to teachers will soon be passed into law after the House leadership assured the immediate passage of the bill.

“Speaker Prospero Nograles and incoming House Appropriation Committee chairman Junie Cua are well aware of the urgency of the measure and have committed to calendar the bill next week,’’ he said.(MB)

Classes in all levels in Metro Manila suspended–NDCC

August 20, 2008

By Joel Guinto, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
First Posted 00:23:00 08/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Classes at all levels in Metro Manila are suspended starting at 12 noon Wednesday, an official of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) has announced.

NDCC spokesman Anthony Golez made the announcement in the light of heavy rains brought about by typhoon “Karen” (international codename: Nuri).

Earlier on Wednesday, the Department of Education suspended classes in the elementary and high school levels in Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.

Typhoon signals have been raised over northern and central Luzon provinces.

The NDCC announced Tuesday night the suspension of classes in the elementary and secondary levels in areas under public storm signal number 3 and 2, and in seven other provinces on Wednesday.

“In addition to areas under public storm signal 2 and 3, classes in the elementary and secondary levels are suspended Wednesday, in La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan,” the NDCC said in a statement.

With a report from Katherine Evangelista

‘Karen’ hits Cagayan; drenches most of Luzon

August 20, 2008

Classes suspended in metro, other affected areas

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 07:05:00 08/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Typhoon “Karen” (international codename: Nuri) slammed into the tip of the northeast province of Cagayan early Wednesday morning, the chief of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration said, as he warned of the possibility of tornadoes.

Meanwhile, classes in all levels in Metro Manila were suspended starting 12 noon, National Disaster Coordinating Council spokesman Anthony Golez said later in the day.

On Tuesday night, the NDCC announced the suspension of Wednesday classes in the elementary and secondary levels in areas under public storm signals No. 2 and 3, and in seven other provinces.

Typhoon winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour, and thick clouds, could result in a tornado, said PAGASA Director Prisco Nilo.

The storm slammed into Sta. Ana town, Cagayan at around 7 a.m., Nilo said on RMN radio.

“These winds are very dangerous, this could generate a tornado, especially in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur,” he said.

According to the PAGASA website, “Karen” packs maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour.

Public storm signal number 3 (100-185 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the provinces of Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, and the Babuyan and Calayan Island.

Signal number 2 (60-100 kilometer per hour winds) was raised over the rest of Isabela, northern Aurora, Quirino, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Ifugao.

Signal number 1 (30-60 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in Pangasinan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, the rest of Aurora, and Polilio Island.

‘Karen’ strengthens as it moves closer to northern Luzon

August 18, 2008

By Joel Guinto, Jocelyn Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:36:00 08/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Tropical storm “Karen” (international codename: Nuri) strengthened as it moved closer to northern Luzon Monday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

At 4 p.m., the storm, which packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour with gusts of 100 kilometers per hour, was located at 890 kilometers east of Casiguran town, Aurora province, the state weather bureau said.

Moving west at 22 kilometers per hour, the storm was forecast to be at 480 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City by Tuesday afternoon, 140 kilometers north northeast of Tuguegarao by Wednesday afternoon, 260 kilometers west of Basco town, Batanes province by Thursday afternoon, PAGASA said.

Public storm signal number 1 (30-60 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan, it said.

The storm will enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains to Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao, particularly the western portions, it said.

The rest of the Philippines will continue to experience clear skies at least on Tuesday even if Tropical Storm “Karen” is hovering east of Central Luzon said PAGASA weather branch chief Nathaniel Cruz over the phone Monday.

“People may find it odd to experience consistent rains last week without a storm and have fair weather now that there is already one,” he said.

“The public must know that it’s the low pressure on South China Sea that is giving us good weather lately,” Cruz continued.

Tropical storms pounding Philippine seas usually boost the southwest monsoon, bringing in winds and rains to the country.

The heavy rains that drenched Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon last week was brought about by the monsoon trough, he noted.

The country will experience fine weather conditions in the next 48 hours or until Tropical Storm “Karen” travels close to Cagayan Valley, which by then would usher in winds and rains in Luzon, including Metro Manila, he added.