‘Rosita’ spares Pangasinan

ONLY BLACKOUTS, MINIMAL EVACUATION

LINGAYEN– Pangasinan was largely spared by the wrath of Super Typhoon “Rosita” as negligible damages were registered in 48 towns and cities as of 2:00 p.m. on October 31.

Based on the Situation Report of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, except for fallen branches and billboards due to the howler’s powerful winds and power outage in 16 towns/cities, ‘Rosita’ did not exact serious damage like ‘Ompong’ did.

Only the Sitio Sobol Bridge in Brgy Baybay, Aguilar was reported impassable to heavy vehicles. The Garrita detour bridge in Bani was passable only to light vehicles after it was destroyed by flood caused by monsoon rains in July.

According to the PPPO, there were 272 evacuation centers that were set up to accommodate 209 families (725 persons ) that were preemptively evacuated by local governments.

Evacuated in Alaminos City were six families (31 persons), 42 families (725 persons) in Bolinao; three families (10 persons) in Calasiao; 60 families (148 persons) in San Fabian; five families (15 persons) in Sison; and 93 families (332 persons) in Dagupan City.

No heavy flooding was reported or felt in any town or city, and no premature harvesting of milkfish was seen in Dagupan and other coastal areas.

Flood did not occur even in the flood-prone low-lying city of Dagupan as “Rosita” did not bring much rain, though it packed center wind of up to 150 per kilometer..

However, power outages were experienced in 351 barangays in 16 towns/cities: Bolinao, 7 barangays; Dasol, 18; Binmaley,13; Lingayen, 20; Balungao, 10 San Carlos City, 52;  Basista, 6; Bayambang, 21; Umingan, 58, Malasiqui; 73; Anda,17; Agno, 17; Villasis, 2; Bani, 20; Sison, 11; and Alaminos City, 6.

PPPO deployed policemen to assist and patrol in evacuation areas and in areas vacated by the evacuees. (Leonardo Micua)

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