• ‘Santi’ strongest typhoon to hit CL in 25 years


    Strong winds with rains battered some parts of Central Luzon on Friday as typhoon Santi made a landfall in Aurora.

    Residents in the region described Santi’s fury as one of the strongest ever to hit the region for the past 25 years.

    So far, no casualty has been reported by local officials. But, the devastation wrought by Santi was massive in agriculture and infrastructures.

    The gustiness of wind brought by Santi was felt by the residents at around 10:30 pm and lasted for hours.

    Power was cut off since then and has not yet been restored as of this writing.

    Likewise, some major roads in the region are still not passable to heavy vehicles due to fallen electric posts, uprooted old trees, roofs and other debris scattered all over the streets and highways.

    In Nueva Ecija, Gov. Aurelio Umali said the province is virtually isolated as motorists cannot go in and out due to fallen trees and electric posts.

    Umali said clearing operations are now ongoing as he appealed for more heavy equipment to hasten the activities.

    “We are intensifying our clearing operations so that motorists can pass through. Hundreds of motorists and passengers were stranded since last night.” He said.

    The governor also said that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) cannot assess yet the extent of damage but they estimated that some 15,000 hectares of agricultural land planted with palay which are about to be harvested have been affected.

    He also said that some low-lying areas in the province were flooded.

    In Bulacan, the towns of San Miguel and San Ildefonso were submerged to floodwaters, prompting some of the residents to go up to the rooftops.

    As of now, hundreds of motorists and commuters are stranded. Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said that although the floods have gradually subsided, waist deep water is still noted in some areas in the said towns.

    Alvarado said the flashfloods came from the rainwater that cascaded from the Sierra Madre mountains.

    He said rescue teams as well as 10-wheeler trucks were sent to the flooded towns to help stranded motorists.

    In Aurora, the town of Dingalan was badly hit as it was where typhoon Santi made a landfall. Fallen electric posts, uprooted trees and damaged houses were also noted in the areas.

    Power is still cut off in Aurora and may take some time to restore.

    Meanwhile, electric power was restored in some parts of Pampanga.

    PDRRMC head Angie Blanco said that some low-lying and coastal areas in Pampanga are now flooded.

    Blanco said that landslide took place in Barangay San Juan Bano in Arayat town where the PDRRMC rescue teams were already sent.

    In Zambales, The PDRRMC said that typhoon Santi has no major effect to their agriculture and infrastructures. PNA



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