November 27, 2022

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5 Bulacan rescuers drown amid rescue ops during Typhoon Karding destructive passage

Photo via Mon Gualvez, News5

Five Bulacan rescuers drowned and were confirmed dead when flash floods swept the province on Sunday night after super Typhoon Karding made landfall on the eastern side of Luzon, moving westward leaving behind trails of destruction and forced evacuation of people.

The 5 rescuers were killed in a flash flood in Barangay Camias in San Miguel, Bulacan, amid the battering by Typhoon Karding on Sunday evening, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said Monday.

The Bulacan Governor said the 5 rescuers belonged to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) who were washed away by a flash flood while conducting rescue operations.

Meanwhile, in an 8 a.m. report on Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 643 people or 164 families were affected by Karding in 28 barangays in the Cordillera, Cagayan, Bicol, Mimaropa, and Western Visayas.

Photo via Mon Gualvez, News5

Some 590 individuals or 147 families were staying in 34 evacuation centers, while 53 people or 13 families were staying outside evacuation centers, the report said.

In Mimaropa, about P1 million worth of damage in infrastructure was initially reported.

The NDRRMC said a total of 12 cities and municipalities experienced power interruptions.

Two areas in Ilocos and Western Visayas experienced communication problems, said NDRRMC.

Avoiding Typhoon Karding, two domestic flights were canceled. A total of 2,737 passengers, 260 rolling cargoes, 24 vessels, and 13 motorbancas were stranded in Calabarzon, Bicol, and Mimaropa.

A total of 488 classes and 328 work schedules were suspended in Ilocos,Cordillera,
Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon. Bicol, and Mimaropa.

According to the NDRRMC.Two roads are not passable in Bicol,

Ipo Dam in Bulacan and Magat Dam in Ifugao and Isabela had one floodgate open each on Monday morning to release water after Karding dumped heavy rains as it passed through Luzon.

Operations of the Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 (MRT3), Light Rail Transit-Line 1 (LRT1), and Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed on Monday, a day after Karding disrupted trips.