Typhoon Henry had “very minimal” impact; one new death being validated – Manila Bulletin

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Typhoon Henry left the Philippines Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR) before dawn on Sunday September 4, leaving behind a “very minimal” impact in northern Luzon, according to the initial assessment of the National Council for Reduction and Disaster Risk Management (NDRRMC).

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Henry (Himawari / PAGASA)

However, authorities were validating a new death reported in Ilocos Norte in Region 1 due to drowning.

“We are validating one reported death in Region 1, Ilocos Norte due to drowning. There is no confirmation yet if it was really related to Henry or the southwest monsoon,” NDRRMC spokesman Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV said in a radio interview on dzBB.

“It has a very minimal effect compared to Typhoon Florita because basically it never made landfall,” he added.

In its latest situation report on Sunday, the NDRRMC said a total of 110 families consisting of 321 people were affected by the typhoon in four barangays in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur before it left PAR at 1:40 a.m. .

The NDRRMC said 179 people were evacuated to Ilocos Sur, including 149 people who were temporarily staying at an evacuation center in the city of Burgos.

Some 180 people were also preemptively evacuated in Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley (Region 2) due to the threat of floods, landslides, mudslides and soil erosion.

“After Henry left early [Sunday] morning, we will immediately begin our rapid damage assessment as part of our SOP [standard operating procedure]. We will verify its impact as now is the time for our staff to get out safely and assess the situation to ensure we can see everything, including if Henry has caused any major damage,” said Alejandro.

“The typhoon was very far from the mainland, so it never really made landfall. It brought wind and rain which triggered monsoon rains, but even these had a very minimal effect. good thing we prepared and let the public know ahead of time,” he added.

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