Repairs in Cagayan underway after 'Vinta'
CAGAYAN - After of a day of repairing their damaged homes, affected residents in the typhoon-hit areas in northern Cagayan are now arriving at cemeteries.
Some are cleaning the tombs of their departed loved ones.
Others set up stalls in front of the cemetery to sell candles, flowers and other products.
Meantime, linemen are still busy fixing toppled power lines.
According to Cagayan Electric Cooperative (CAGELCO) 2, it will take them 15-days to restore electricity.
There are also reported brownouts in the service area of CAGELCO 1 due to damaged electric posts.
In the town of Peñablanca, the water level at the river that submerged the Tawi bridge is now slowly subsiding, but the bridge remains impassable because its approaches were damaged by strong current.
It has yet to be repaired by the municipal engineering office.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), typhoon Vinta's damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Cagayan is worth P48 million.
The good news is that the PDRRMC recorded zero casualty in the province.
Over in Isabela, search operations are ongoing for 25-year old Jerry Gatan, a resident of Barangay Casibarag Norte, Cabagan.
Police say Gatan went missing after he was swept away by strong river current Thursday afternoon.
Gatan and his two older brothers were on board a boat and were on their way home when he suddenly fell in the river.