Road cleanup after Usman may take a week, says DPWH


Posted at Jan 02 2019 11:04 AM

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It may take up to a week to clear roads hit by landslides due to Christmas storm Usman, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Wednesday, as authorities scrambled to deliver relief supplies to isolated areas. 

Clogged roads include those in Sta. Elena and Labo towns in Camarines Norte province, Tiwi in Albay and the Daang Maharlika in Camarines Sur, said DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut. 

Pedestrians and vehicles move along a flooded street after a tropical depression descended upon Daet, Camarines Norte, Sunday, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Robert Balidoy/via Reuters

Usman's initial cost of damage to infrastructure in Bicol region alone was estimated at P175 million as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, he told radio DZMM. 

Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte were earlier placed under a state of calamity after the tropical depression triggered landslides in mountainside communities. 

Rescuers will attempt to reach isolated villages by boat on Wednesday, local officials said. 

DZMM, 2 January 2019