Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng
In the wake of the most recent typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has declared Ilocos Norte under state of calamity following a total estimated worth of damages of Php 456,878,938.65 has been recorded as of August 23, 2015.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), damages to agriculture amounted to Php 55,082,358.65 while infrastructure reached Php 401,796,580.00.
PDRRMC has also reported that some 17,434 families, 75,348 individuals and 221 barangays have been affected by the typhoon in Ilocos Norte.
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos said that “the three medical teams of the Provincial Capitol has reported a widespread respiratory tract infection; diarrhea, flue and dengue (brought by the typhoon) and it is helping us that we have earlier distributed medicines like ‘hyposol’ during Capitol Express.”
Governor Marcos continues to seek more support on behalf of the affected communities in terms of medicines, relief operations, immediate attention to the damages in the roads and infrastructure in the province.
As of today, several areas in the province like Brgy. Laureta, Nagapatpatan, Sta. Ana, Lipay, Nalasin, Bagbag, Puttao, Bagbago, Solsona, Cabaroan, Cabulalaan, Bacarra, Baresbes, Barong, Elizabeth, San Marcelino, Francisco, Lanas, Ver, Dingras, Caestebanan and Banna remain impassable due to severe flooding. While power lines have been restored in 18 areas in the province.
PDRRMC also added that Ineng has injured nine from the municipalities of Badoc, Piddig, Solsona and Marcos, claimed one life in Badoc due to being hit by a fallen tree while one is reportedly missing in Solsona.
Governor Marcos said that the Province of Ilocos Norte remains to be on red-alert until Tuesday as Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday morning.—Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Communications and Media Office