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‘Lawin’ kills 12

At least 12 persons have been killed by typhoon “Lawin” (international name “Haima”) that wreaked havoc in Northern Luzon Thursday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Romina Marasigan, NDRRMC spokesperson, identified six of the fatalities as Edgar Ganese, 40, of San Fabian, Pangasinan; Jhon Carlos B. Hatap, 19, of Sablang, Kibungan, Benguet; Joshua T. Helia, 19, of Negros Oriental; Jessie M. Helia, 19, of Long-ayan, Sapat, Kibungan; Jay-ar Chawagan, 15, of Barangay Nompolia, Hungduan, Ifugao; and Jeramel Alfaro. The fatalities were all buried alive by landslides.

NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo B. Jalad said the other fatalities are now undergoing the process of verification.

Marasigan said some P26,162,377.90 in damage to agriculture was reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

She added that 18,157 families or 90,589 persons were preemptively evacuated in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 5, and CAR.

Marasigan said 13,297 families or 51,589 persons were served inside and outside evacuation centers with 10,606 families or 40,515 persons inside 334 evacuation centers and 2,691 families or 10,943 persons outside evacuation centers.

One-hundred thirteen houses were damaged in the CAR while 65 barangays were flooded by up to three feet of water in Pangasinan and Pampanga.

Marasigan said 42 road sections and four bridges in Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR were impassable to floods and landslides of yesterday.

Sixty cities and municipalities in Regions 1 and 4-A and the whole of the CAR still have no electricity.

Classes are still suspended in various areas in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, and CAR. (Francis T. Wakefield)