5 killed, 3 missing as ‘Santi’ cuts across Luzon

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At least five people were killed and three were missing as Typhoon “Santi” barrelled its way across Luzon Friday night.

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Updates by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday that among the fatalities were a policeman who was killed in a landslide in Pampanga.

The NDRRMC said three persons were crushed by fallen trees in Nueva Ecija and a person was electrocuted in Pampanga.

Three fishermen were reported missing at the height of the typhoon in Catanduanes. The NDRRMC identified them as Andres Timuat, 42, Edilberto Arcilla, 55, and Jose Burac, 58.

The council said that as of noon Saturday, at least 551 families or 2,302 persons from 57 villages in Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon had sought shelter in government evacuation centers.

The typhoon also cut power in Quirino province; Aglipay town in Nueva Vizcaya, Alfonso Castaneda; Dupax de Norte; Dupax del Sur; Aritao, Isabela; San Agustin and Jones and Aurora: Dingalan.

The NDRRMC said the typhoon stranded some 2,000 travelers, 24 vessels, 277 rolling cargoes and 19 motorbancas in different ports in Luzon.

Binga Dam in Benguet let out excess water as rains raised the water level on Saturday.

The NDRRMC said that as of 6 a.m. Saturday two gates of Binga were opened to allow water to flow downstream to the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan whose level was about 7 meters below the normal 280 meters.

The level at La Mesa Dam in Quezon City stood at 79.64 meters; Ambuklao Dam in Benguet has 749.48 meters; Pantabangan Dam, Nueva Ecija, had 204.73 meters and Angat Dam in Bulacan, 206.09 meters.

The water in Ipo Dam in Bulacan, Magat Dam in Isabela and Caliraya dam in Laguna were either below or at normal levels, the NDRRMC said.

ANTHONY VARGAS

 

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