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Typhoon Juan leaves 2 dead in Ifugao

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (22 October) -- Super typhoon "Juan" has left two people dead in the province, according to the October 21 data of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here.

Max Pud-itan, 13, native of Abatan, Hungduan and a student of Ahin Elementary School in Tinoc reportedly drowned at about 4:00PM on October 19 while he was crossing the Ahin River.

The other casualty, Martin Binwag Talango Jr, 19, out of school youth and a resident of Sitio Bayninan, Barangay Kinakin in Banaue was covered with landslide. Talango was walking at about 9:00 PM on October 19, 2010 with two companions in Barangay Kinakin when all of a sudden there was landslide. He was buried in the landslide while his companions were able to escape.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council here immediately conducted rehabilitation efforts after typhoon Juan hit the province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Scientific Administration (PAGASA) raised storm signal number 4 here on Monday, October 18.

Governor Eugene Balitang said that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Provincial Engineering Office started immediately clearing operations on main roads blocked by landslides and fallen trees.

Balitang said that the hardest hit are towns of Alfonso Lista and Aguinaldo. 52 houses were totally damaged and 29 houses were partially damaged in Alfonso Lista while Aguinaldo has nine totally damaged houses and 23 partially damaged houses. The two municipalities are located near Isabela.

"Our provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO) distributed family packs containing rice and canned goods to Alfoso Lista now and will continue going around the province to distribute to other victims," he said.

Ms Joyce Niwane, the provincial social welfare officer said that a total of 40,000 sacks of rice are ready to be distributed to typhoon victims. She added that there are about 131 families and 634 individuals in the whole province affected by said typhoon.

On the other hand, Abe Lunag of the Provincial Agriculture Office said that with the partial total damages on agriculture which is P26.31M, their office is currently validating the area and make recommendations to damaged and affected farmers.

Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. James Gopeng, said that most of the livestock affected by the typhoon are pigs, swine, goat, cattle chicken, ducks and carabaos. With a total damage of P794,560, we will recommend for any assistance the PDRRMC and our regional office can extend, he said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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