TYPHOON AFTERMATH: GOVT STEPS UP RELIEF EFFORTS
Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Oct. 17, 1998 - The government has stepped up its rescue and relief efforts in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), which sustained heavy damage from super typhoon Iliang.
Secretary Orlando Mercado of the Department of National Defense, who also chairs the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), said provincial disaster coordinating councils are working full time to assist 59,455 families affected by the storm.
In his memorandum to President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada, Mercado also said the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Red Cross in Manila have sent appropriate instructions to their respective field offices to complement ongoing relief and rescue efforts.
Composite rescue teams have also been mobilized to Benguet for search and rescue operations following landslides in the province, Mercado said in his memorandum.
For its part, the Department of Health (DOH) in Ilocos distributed assorted medicines worth P547,469 to the four provinces in the region.
Mercado personally turned over to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Councils of Isabela and Cagayan 200 cavans of rice, after the NDCC initially extended 100 cavans of rice and assorted goods to the PDCCs concerned.
As of 9 a.m. Friday, the NDCC reported that at least 35 persons died after Iliang' whipped across northern Luzon. At least 12 more were injured, and 13 others remain missing. Some 59,455 families - or 382,014 persons - were affected by the super typhoon, with some 6,325 families brought to 114 evacuation centers.
The NDCC estimated the cost of damage at P680.343 million, including P203.407 million to infrastructure and P476.936 million to agriculture.
The affected areas included La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan in the Ilocos Region; Isabela, Cagayan, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya in Northern Luzon; Kalinga, Benguet, Apayao, Abra, Ifugao, Baguio City and Mt. Province in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); Rizal province and Antipolo City in Southern Luzon; and Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon in Bicol.
In the CAR, landslides and road slides isolated several municipalities and caused massive evacuation, while the swelling of the Chico River flooded five barangays in Tabuk and Kalinga.
Benguet's provincial disaster coordinating council has organized rescue teams augmented by paramedics and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)'s Bureau of Mines and Geology that will concentrate on the area of Bacun.
In the Ilocos region, flood waters were slowly receding, although some areas in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan were still without power because of damage to the National Power Corp. (Napocor)'s transmission line.
The Philippine Navy (PN) dispatched an M-35 truck and two rubber boats for rescue operations in Pangasinan, while the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) dispatched additional rubber boats and rescue personnel there.
In Northern Luzon, massive power failures also hit Isabela and Cagayan.
Iliang rendered impassable the Bacolod bridge in Amulong and the Pinacanawan bridge in Tuguegarao, as well as portions of the Enrile-Santiago Road and portions of Maharlika Highway in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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