By Mar Supnad
SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur — As Typhoon Ompong hit Northern Luzon, several houses were blown away, while the Zigzag road in Cervantes town was buried by rock and landslide and is now impassable.
Mayor Josefino Miranda said some houses were heavily damaged in almost all barangays in this town but could not yet ascertain its exact number due to bad weather.
“There are several roofs of houses that were blown away but we cannot yet go out to get data as of this time due to strong winds and heavy rains,” Miranda told the Manila Bulletin.
In barangays San Jose and Sabangan, there were also families who sought refuge at their barangay plaza for fear of being carried away by the 185 kph (kilometer per hour) strong typhoon.
DPWH district engineer Jose G. Ginete, Jr. reported today that some uprooted trees blocked the national highway from Tagudin to Santa town while a land/rock slide occurred in Tagudin-Cervantes road, making it impassable to all kinds of vehicles.
“We are now in close coordination with local government units for clearing and rescue operations,” Ginete added.
In nearby Apatot, San Esteban town, a lifeless man identified later as a certain Davis Guyo of Poblacion, Bannayoyo town was seen sprawled in the area.
It was not yet known as of this writing what caused his death.