Typhoon Labuyo made its presence felt in Northern Luzon on Monday, pouring heavy rains and venting strong winds, leaving four persons dead while 40 others missing.
Labuyo, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is the strongest typhoon that has entered the country this year.
The typhoon has sustained winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph (130 mph).
Jomar Salicong, 22, was the first victim of the typhoon and was buried alive by landslide.
Dominador Silabon of Isabela and two others died from Aurora during typhoon Utor’s havoc.
Aurora was the most devastated province after the typhoon directly hit the province. Aurora has declared a state of calamity.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, a great part of the province has no power because of the winds that cut the power supply.
Towns that are affected by the brownout are Casiguran, Dilasag, Dinalungan as well as Maria, Aurora, Diapculao, San Luis and Baler.
Based on the initial number provided by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, 409 houses were damage while 200,000 residents are affected in 51 barangays.
According to Vice Gov. Rommel Angara, he expects the report regarding the damages of Labuyo on infrastructures, agriculture, and other properties today. (with Malou R. Cabral)