Governor Marcos continues aerial inspection, relief operation in far-flung areas ravaged by Typhoon ‘Ineng’
Aerial rounds in the far-flung municipalities of Nueva Era and Adams conducted by Governor Imee R. Marcos on August 28, Friday showed that more infrastructures were severely damaged after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit Ilocos Norte over the weekend.
As the inspection yesterday showed that a great extent of the dike system in the Madungan dam was washed out, Governor Marcos revealed today that portions of the Sabo dam in Nueva Era were totally destroyed.
“Yung Sabo dam (in Nueva Era), parang nabuksan na ilog, wasak na wasak mula tuktok hanggang ibaba. Kahapon nakita natin yung (Madungan dam) in Solsona at Dingras na ang downstream section ay tumba lahat,” added Governor Marcos.
The destruction of the dike system of the Sabo dam in Nueva Era resulted to severe flooding in nearby barangays like Barangobong, Uguis and Lasien, adding to the more than P2 billion worth of damage in the province caused by Ineng.
Governor Marcos noted that the adverse impact of the typhoon could have been minimized if the “original construction plan of the Sabo dam with mini-dams, catchment areas and watersheds” were followed.
The aerial survey further revealed that numerous mountain landslides occurred in the Cordillera side situated in Nueva Era while massive landslides destroyed roads in Adams which left small vehicles unable to reach the town until today.
Fearing that the worst typhoons in the province come in September and October, Governor Marcos said that “some temporary provisional remedies at the same time planning for a proper rehabilitation” should be instituted as early as now.
“Sa ngayon, magkokonsulta tayo kung ano ang magandang gawin pansamantala. Dahil sa tingin ko hindi makakaraos kapag tag-ulan ang ating mga komunidad along the river banks sa Nueva Era, Dingras, Solsona at Marcos,” noted Governor Marcos.
Meanwhile, the same choppers used during the inspection carried relief goods that were distributed in the isolated barangays of Nueva Era and Adams.
As of today, almost P2 million worth of relief goods were already distributed province-wide by the provincial government thru its Social Welfare and Development Office.–John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO