P-Noy assesses 'Basyang’s damage

July 14, 2010 10:06 pm 

MANILA, July 14 — President Benigno S. Aquino III Wednesday morning presided over an emergency meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in Camp Aguinaldo to assess the damage left by storm Basyang which battered Luzon Tuesday night.

The President was informed that 11 fishermen from Barangay Sukdan in Catanduanes who went out to sea on Monday aboard three motorized bancas failed to return home.

Eight other fishermen from Pandan, Catanduanes were also reported missing.

Major roads and bridges all over Luzon including Metro Manila remained passable to all types of vehicles except for the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road which was flooded after the Cabatangan River overflowed its banks.

The cities of Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Pasay, Manila, Quezon, Marikina, Makati and San Juan experienced power outages, along with Baguio City.

The power supply was also cut off in the municipalities of Cardona, Tanay, Binangonan, Jala-jala, Pililia, Angono, Taytay and Morong, all in Rizal due to a blasted transformer at Barangay San Jose in Morong.

The NDCC consisted of the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Health, Public Works and Highways, Energy, and Education; the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils and the Office of Civil Defense Regional Councils.

These agencies reported that the following measures were taken to mitigate the impact of the typhoon:

• Activated their respective disaster operations centers;

• Alerted their emergency responders; pre-positioned all available resources in terms of manpower response teams/units, equipment and rescue assets, and relief supplies;

• Conducted consultation meetings;

• Disseminated weather and flood advisories to the public.

The Department of Education said it has announced the suspension of classes in Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Cavite.

The Manila Electric Co. reported a Luzon-wide blackout and the crew of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines are on patrol to immediately repair damaged transmission lines. (PNA)

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