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5 highways are still impassable, and clearance operations are in progress, according to DPWH.

Following Wednesday’s magnitude 7 earthquake that shook northern Luzon, five routes are still unusable.

These routes are in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Ilocos Region, according to a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday.

Clearing operations are still being carried out at the Lubuagan-Batong Buhay Road K0463+700, K0464+000 sections in Puapo, Dangtalan, Pasil and K0464+600, K0464+700, K0464+800 sections in Colong, Lower Uma, Lubuagan, in the Kalinga Province (due to landslide and rock collapse); Baguio-Bontoc Road K0347+090, K0347

The Tagudin-Cervantes Road K0350+950 and K0353+100 sections in Ilocos Sur, the Jct. Santiago-Banayoyo-Lidlidda-San Emilio-Quirino Road K0393+000 Brgy. Cayos, Quirino, Ilocos Sur, and the Cervantes-Aluling-Bontoc Road K0387+(-950), Br (due to landslide and rockslide).

By 5 p.m. on Saturday, the DPWH hopes to reopen the CAR roads that are now closed.

The earthquake’s partial toll on roads and bridges was PHP396.58 million as of Friday morning at 6 a.m.

The amount, according to Secretary Manuel Bonoan, included PHP292.05 million for national bridges and PHP104.53 million for national roadways.

The earthquake also caused damage to buildings, churches, and historic monuments in addition to roads and bridges.

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