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Maring claims nine, affects 10T families
by Jane B. Cadalig

TYPHOON MARING’S FURY -- Typhoon Maring, which dumped 625.3 millimeters of rainfall within 24 hours from Oct. 11 to 12 (surpassing Typhoon Ompong’s 535mm in 2018), has caused damage to government and private properties and claimed nine lives and one reported missing. It has also toppled countless trees and electric posts that caused massive blackout in Baguio, Benguet, and Mountain Province but crew members worked round-the-clock to restore electricity as soon as possible. The Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is still collating the amount of damage the region incurred due to one of the strongest typhoons to hit Northern Luzon in the past 15 years. -- Harley Palangchao

Typhoon Maring has claimed nine lives, injured three individuals, rendered one missing, and displaced more than 10,000 families in the Cordillera when it struck Northern Luzon last week.

Those who died – three in Baguio City and six in Benguet – were due to soil erosions that buried their homes at the height of the typhoon that dumped 625.3 millimeters of rainfall for 24 hours from Oct. 11 to 12 that surpassed the rainfall of some of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in the past 15 years.

As of Oct. 13, the Office of the Civil Defense-Cordillera reported the typhoon affected 40,906 individuals from the 10,199 families who were served in various evacuation centers and in other areas where they sought refuge.

Ninety-two houses were reported damaged in various areas in the region while 27 roads and one bridge remain impassable.

The typhoon has also cost the region’s agriculture sector an initial of P340,377,100.08 worth of damage to crops, livestock and poultry, and fishery while the amount of damage to the 57 infrastructures that were damaged was not readily available.

The damage incurred by infrastructures, mostly classrooms, was due to erosions due to soil saturation and flooding.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera also reported it has provided P1.1 million worth of assistance to the affected families of which P837,318 were in the form of family food packs and P175,681 for hygiene kits.

The storm also caused massive power interruption that affected 44 municipalities, including Baguio City.

Visible in Typhoon Maring’s 24-hour onslaught last week were the occurrences of flashfloods even in areas of the region with higher elevation like Buguias in Benguet.

In Baguio, several houses are still submerged.

POWER OF PRAYER -- Despite having different religions, personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection gather on the street on Oct. 13 for a moment of prayer to thank the Almighty for keeping all responders safe during the two-day search and retrieval of three bodies buried in a landslide at Dominican Hill, Baguio City at the height of Typhoon Maring. -- Harley Palangchao


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