MANILA, Philippines - Ten people were killed dead and 19 people were injured due to the onslaught of typhoon Juan, according to the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).
The new casualty figures came after Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III reported a tidal wave in Maconacon, Isabela that killed 3 people and injured 10.
According to the NDRRMC, Isabela is still the most badly hit province. Based on Governor Dy's report to the NDRRMC, they are currently in need of a medical team.
Among the most damaged municialities in Isabela were:
1) Palanan, where 2,582 families (11,601 individuals) or 80% of the population were affected; 310 houses and a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse were damaged;
2) Tumauini, where 70% of houses were blown down, including schools; all Gawad Kalinga (GK) houses were damaged;
3) Divilacan, where 6 families were affected; and,
4) Maconacon, which was hit by a tidal wave.
The runway at the province's airport was also damaged and is accessible only to helicopters.
Pangasinan, other provinces
There were also an additional 3 people who died in Pangasinan province.
According to a report from Pangasinan Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil to the NDRRMC, 2 people died in San Fabian, Pangasinan after a tree fell on them, while another perished after getting hit by lightning.
To sum up, there are now 4 dead in Region 1, 4 dead in Region 2, 2 dead in CAR. A total of 10 DEAD.
As for the injured, there are 10 in Region 1, 5 in Region 2, 4 in CAR.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC reported that many roads remain unpassable as of Tuesday.
For instance, the road from Cordon, Isabela to Tuguegarao, Cagayan is still unpassable due to fallen trees and electrical posts. The Armed Forces of the Philippines' and the Department of Public Works and Highways' clearing operations are still ongoing.
More roads are unpassable in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
In Baguio, the Benguet-Dalupirip Itogon and Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet road, as well as Kennon road from Rosales, Pangasinan remains closed to traffic due to landslides.
However, the access road from Naguilian to Marcos Highway remains open. Despite this, the NDRRMC discourages any travel.
In Apayao, the Claveria-Calanasan Road, Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road and Lenneng-Cabugao Road also remains closed due to landslides, fallen trees and the swelling of Maranas river.
In Ifugao, the Banaue-Mayoyao Road is also closed due to landslides.
The NDRRMC is discouraging any travel to Benguet since many roads are intermittently opened and closed depending on conditions which still remain generally unsafe.
The NDRRMC is still unable to estimate the cost of damages to properties and agriculture at this point.
Officials admitted they were having a hard time getting information due to problems in communication.
Isabela and Cagayan also experienced a province-wide blackout.
The NDRRMC is ready though to conduct an immediate damage assessment with local government units (LGUs,) Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) the moment they get a go signal from authorities. As of now, flying over these areas remain unsafe.
In Metro Manila and the province of Rizal, the NDRRMC recommended the suspension of all classes all the way to college for the safety of students.
According to the NDRRMC, the continuous rains may cause flooding in Metro Manila and nearby areas and it is probably better for people to just stay at home.