Typhoon ‘Glenda’ out of PAR; leaves 38 dead and millions without electricity

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 - Last Updated on July 17, 2014

As of July 17, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that typhoon ‘Glenda’ (international name Rammasun) left 38 people dead, 10 injured and 8 still missing as the it pummeled regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII and National Capital Region in the last 36 hours.

Based on NDRRMC’s latest bulletin, ‘Glenda’ affected more than half a million people or 105, 520 families in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol region and Easter Visayas. NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said estimated the initial damage to agriculture and infrastructure at P713 million.

‘Glenda’ entered the Philippine area of responsibility on July 13 and made its first landfall on July 15, 5:00 pm over Rapu-rapu in Albay, second landfall at 6:30 om over Tabaco, Albay and a third landfall by midnight of July 16 over Catanauan in Quezon. Glenda packed heavy winds of 150kph and gustiness of 185kph and continued to move west northwest at a speed of 19kph.

By July 16, ‘Glenda’ maintained its strength and accelerated at a speed of 26kph as it moved towards Southern Luzon provinces and NCR. Metro Manila was spared from a direct hit after Glenda moved towards Bataan before noon, Wednesday.

The howling strong winds brought by Glenda uprooted trees, fell electric lamp posts, damaged roads, bridges and houses. It also caused flooding in low lying areas and incidents of landslides.

The following provinces/municipalities have been placed under a state of calamity:  Bataan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Cavite. Muntinlupa City, Quezon

As of July 16, 4,927 passengers, 46 vessels, 463 roros, 66 motor bancas, 15 vessels were affected and stranded.

At total of 165 domestic flights and 89 international flights were cancelled due to bad weather condition.

A total of 50 provinces, cities and municipalities have declared suspension of classes. Work in government offices in NCR and areas under PSWS no. 2 were suspended.

Glenda leaves Luzon powerless

A total of 13 provinces/municipalities and three cities have experienced power outage and interruptions since July 15. The power outages were due to damaged transmission lines and facilities of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The NGCP also said several electric cooperatives have experienced power cuts — Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), Samar Electric Cooperative Inc 1 (SAMELCO 1), Northern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (NORSAMELCO), Mactan Electric Company (MECO), Bataan Electric Cooperative Inc (BATELEC), Quezon Electric Cooperative Inc 1 (QUEZELCO 1), APEC, Sorsogon Electric Cooperative Inc. 1 (SORECO 1), Camarines Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. 1 (CASURECO 1), CASURECO 2, CASURECO 3 and CASURECO 4.

In Meralco franchise areas, more than 5.3 million households endured brownouts and power outages during the onslaught of typhoon Glenda.

The Department of Energy, NGCP and Meralco are closely working on the restoration of electricity in affected areas.

As of July 17, Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldariagga said the power distribution company has restored 84 percent of power in Metro Manila.

At 10 am, Thursday, PAGASA reported that Glenda is outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

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