Regional officials: Lawin left 15 dead in Cordillera
CAGAYAN, Philippines – At least 15 people died while 4 others were hurt during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), said the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Cordillera on Monday, October 24.
In its latest situation report, OCD-Cordillera also said the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, and Mountain Province were placed under a state of calamity as they suffered damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
The provincial board of Kalinga made the declaration through Resolution 2016-120, Apayao through 85-2016, and Mountain Province through PBR 378-2016.
About 66,518 families or 307,305 individuals have been affected by Lawin in the region.
OCD-Cordillera also said 3,078 families or 16,142 individuals were displaced. Of those, 1,397 families or 8,023 individuals are staying in 51 evacuation centers, while the remaining 1,509 families or 7,885 individuals are either with their neighbors or relatives.
Lawin also left more than 11,000 houses partially damaged and 1,192 totally damaged.
Initial damage to agriculture and fisheries is pegged at around P396.5 million.
Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province, and Kalinga are still experiencing power outages due to fallen electric posts.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released about P5.6 million worth of relief assistance in the region. The agency is also set to airlift relief goods to Apayao and Kalinga on Monday and Tuesday, October 25. – Rappler.com