MANILA, Philippines – Relief operations are underway in northern Cebu after the area was pummeled by violent winds and heavy rains brought about by typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
The PCG said a total of 2,800 boxes of relief goods have been shipped on Thursday, December 26, to typhoon-hit areas in northern Cebu, particularly Caranza and Malapascua islands.
The food packs came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 7 and Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officce.
Ursula’s lashing winds and rains damaged many structures in northern Cebu. It also felled trees and electrical posts which blocked highways in several towns, particularly in Daanbantayan, Bantayan island, Medellin and Sta. Fe.
Local authorities have begun clearing roads of debris on Wednesday morning.
At the height of Ursula’s onslaught, more than 48,000 individuals were evacuated from coastal villages in mainland northern Cebu as well as in Malapascua, Camotes and Bantayan islands.
Aside from bringing relief goods, the PCG said the BRP Capones will also be deployed to conduct maritime surface patrol to assess the possible effects of typhoon Ursula in the waters of northern Cebu. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Gladys Toabi)
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