VIGAN City -- Ilocos Sur might have suffered extensive damage but nonetheless survived Super Typhoon Lawin with zero casualty despite the raising of tropical cyclone signal number 4 at its height over the province.
Initial damage report showed P651 million worth of destruction, mostly in agriculture and infrastructure, and 21,714 families or 99,509 individuals in 303 barangays all over the province affected.
There were also 483 totally destroyed houses and 7,314 partially damaged.
Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Singson, who declared the province under state of calamity last weekend, said in a media briefing, “Proper and close coordination between and collective efforts of all stakeholders resulted to our zero casualty.”
“It was a display of community effort at its best,” added Singson.
Singson had personally supervised the different operations from the start and in the aftermath of Typhoon Lawin.
Majority of the parts of the province are now enjoying electricity though its full restoration will take few more days.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has yet to wind up its assessment on the damages while relief goods distribution is now in full swing.