Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, seeks help for Typhoon ‘Ineng’ damages
After being declared under state of calamity on Saturday reporting a nearly P500 million damage to Ilocos Norte’s agriculture and infrastructure, the Provincial Government is seeking for immediate assistance from the national government to restore the damages caused by Typhoon Ineng which struck Northern Luzon on Thursday, August 20, 2015.
Governor Imee Marcos has already requested assistance particularly planting materials for the Ilocano farmers including rice seeds, vegetable seeds and fertilizers as well as livestock. The fisheries sector, she added, is also in need of tilapia, bangus and malaga fingerlings.
With over P401 million damages to infrastructure, the province is also in need of building and construction materials such as corrugated GI sheets, nails and local tanguile. Due to the heavy rain and strong wind, some portions of the Sabo Dam in the Solsona and Dingras has been damaged and overflowed which triggered severe flooding in nearby areas.
In order to hasten relief operations, the province is also seeking for additional search and rescue equipment such as fiberglass rescue boats, rubber boats with outboard motors, rescue ropes, hybrid brand electric winch, life vests, hydraulic cable cutter, life buoy cans, hard hats, rain coats, wheel burrows and flood lights.
Governor Marcos also seeks support for additional medicines in the province as the medical teams of the provincial government have reported widespread respiratory tract infection like diarrhea, flu and dengue outbreak.
As of August 23, 2015, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported a total of P456,878,938.65 damages in Ilocos Norte.
Gov. Marcos said the Provincial Government continues its intensified efforts for the safety and early recovery of the Ilocanos.—Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Communications and Media Office