LRTA assures LRT-2 systems fit for operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2019   •   1869

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) assures that the LRT-2 systems are fit for operations after sustaining damage from the 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

According to their released statement on Tuesday (April 23), the crack seen in Platform 2 level Westbound at Recto station is not on the main concrete structure.

LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said an inspection was conducted by the Engineering and Maintenance team. No major damage was found on the LRT-2 structure.

“Rest assured that the LRT-2 structural design was based on the Railway Safety International standard and that a quarterly inspection/monitoring of the structural integrity of the line is dutifully done,” he said. — Aileen Cerrudo

Dorian leaves miles of devastation in the Bahamas

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2019

Video of Marsh Harbour in the northern Bahamas, worst hit by the then-Category 5 hurricane, on Thursday (September 5) showed widespread devastation, with the harbor, shops and workplaces, a hospital and airport landing strips damaged or decimated.

The death toll from Dorian stood at 30 on Thursday evening, officials told CNN, The final toll is expected to be much higher.

Dorian turned a shantytown known as The Mud near Marsh Harbour into shredded wreckage, with bodies believed to be still below the ruins, based on the smell coming from the debris, according to a Reuters photographer who visited the area.

The photographer witnessed widespread looting in Marsh Harbour, seeing residents breaking into liquor stores and supermarkets, carrying off goods in bags or filling their vehicles. (REUTERS)

Relief supplies arrive in Nassau as recovery efforts begin

UNTV News   •   September 5, 2019

Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Wednesday (September 4) thronged rescue helicopters as the United Nations said 70,000 people needed immediate humanitarian relief after one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record devastated the island group.

The most damaging storm to strike the island nation, Dorian killed at least 20 people, the Miami Herald reported, citing Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands. But the toll was certain to rise as the scope of the destruction and the humanitarian crisis was still coming into focus with aerial video of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showing wide devastation.

A massive relief effort was underway with volunteers ferrying supplies to the islands in a flotilla of small boats.

As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Food may be required for 14,500 people in the Abaco Islands and for 45,700 people in Grand Bahama, the U.N. World Food Programme said.

U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection personnel have airlifted 61 people from the northern Bahamas to the capital Nassau over two days, the U.S. Embassy said. (REUTERS)

‘Ineng’ wreaks over 600-M worth of damage in Ilocos Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019

Rescue operations in Ilocos Norte amid the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ineng, 24 August 2019.

Tropical storm Ineng has wreaked around 600 million worth of agricultural and infrastructural damage in Ilocos Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) has recorded a total of P589.5 million worth of damage as of August 25. Around 167 barangays and over 9,000 families were affected by TS Ineng.

Meanwhile, two were injured and one died in a landslide in Barangay Surong, Pasukin last Saturday morning (Aug 24).

The local government of Ilocos Norte and Laoag already declared a state of calamity due to the damage brought by the storm.

Water level in Padsan River already subsided since Sunday (Aug 25). Flood in other areas has also subsided.

Residents began cleaning up the debris and other waste left by the storm.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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