Duterte to visit areas devastated by Typhoon 'Ompong'

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President Rodrigo Duterte listens to the disaster preparedness briefing of NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad on September 13, 2018 (Presidential photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, Septemnber 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit areas ravaged by Typhoon Ompong on Sunday.

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said Duterte will leave for the cities of Tuguegarao and Laoag on Sunday noon. He is expected to "check the situation and damages, then assess."

Several parts of the Philippines have taken a hit from the destructive winds and heavy rains caused by Ompong. The typhoon fury toppled trees, torn off roofs made of galvanized iron, and scattered debris on roads.

Typhoon Ompong left 25 people dead, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino told CNN Philippines on Sunday.

Related: Typhoon Ompong kills at least 29 people — authorities  

Disaster management officials said Saturday 42 landslides have been recorded in the Cordillera region as Ompong battered Luzon.

Meteorologists described Ompong as the strongest for the country this year, prompting the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to raise Signal No. 4 in some areas, including Cagayan province, where Ompong hit land early Saturday.

More than 100,000 fled to safe grounds to escape the typhoon's fury.

PAGASA on Sunday lifted all storm signal warnings in the country after the typhoon exited the Philippines on Saturday. It is moving closer to Southern China.