Ompong exits PAR after wreaking havoc in northern Luzon


Posted at Sep 15 2018 09:54 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2018 01:21 AM

Typhoon Ompong wreaked havoc as it made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan Saturday. Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday night leaving a trail of destruction and thousands of families displaced.

Ompong is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, peaking at maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 330 kph.

It made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, and smashed North Luzon, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Latest estimates place the number of affected individuals at 126, 751 or some 31,631 families in 594 barangays. 

Some 13,413 people are currently in 724 evacuation centers in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region. 

At least 5 people have been confirmed dead due to the typhoon which also toppled trees and power lines, triggered landslides, and damaged houses and other structures.