NDRRMC: Glenda kills 6

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MANILA -- Typhoon "Glenda" (Rammasun) has killed six people after battering provinces in Luzon including Metro Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday.

Among the fatalities were Lourdes Lim, 29, of Northern Samar, Reynaldo Hernandez, 49, of Plaridel, Bulacan and relatives Nanez Artificio, Arlene Cabaleda and Adrian Artificio, who were killed by a fallen concrete wall in Lucena City.

Lucena is the main city in Quezon, the province that is expected to have dealt the most damage from the storm, said NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama in a press briefing.

Thousands of families were also evacuated to schools, village halls and basketball courts, mostly in Bicol region.

The typhoon skirted densely populated Metro Manila but its strong winds still toppled trees and power lines.

(Video by Al Padilla/Sunnex)

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said 60 to 70 percent of electricity customers or around 4.5 million people in Luzon were still in the dark after Glenda devastated several transmission lines in the island.

Petilla said that "no estimated time yet as to when power will be restored, especially in hardest hit areas like Calabarzon region."

He added that generation plants in Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol regions are unable to deliver power because the Southern Luzon Grid remains down.

"It's difficult to (set) target when you haven't measured the damage. So first thing is to measure (the extent made by Typhoon Glenda)," Petilla said.

Petilla added that the Department of Energy (DOE), National Electrification Agency (NEA) and the country's largest power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will try to put back power as quickly as possible.

"We are currently assessing the extent of the damages in our distribution facilities including poles, transformers, wires and sub-transmission lines," Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said.

He noted that around 86 percent of Meralco customers are still without electricity.

Separately, Meralco said on Twitter that it is assessing the extent of damage in its distribution facilities including poles, transformers, wires and sub-transmission lines. It is also doing round-the-clock clearing operations to ensure safety during actual restoration of power.

"We appeal for your understanding as we continue our restoration efforts," Meralco said.

Meanwhile, Petilla advised businesses establishments and hospitals to stock up on fuel for generators.

Glenda is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). (Virgil Lopez/Third Anne Peralta/John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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