PGIN remains under red alert, more than 19,000 Ilocanos affected due to ‘Ineng’
Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend.
Prompting local government officials to place the province under a state of calamity on August 22, 2015, Ineng has reportedly left an estimated Php 600 million worth of damages.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), cost of damage to infrastructure now stands at Php 586,231,580.00 while agricultural damage has reached Php 59, 487,159.40 as of August 24. The figures are still expected to rise in the coming days.
Numbers of affected individuals, families and barangays have climbed up to 83,220, 19,452 and 238, respectively. Reported death toll from the typhoon stood at one, with ten injured and one still missing.
As of today, roads in Nalasin and Talugtog, Solsona and Barong and Elizabeth, Dingras remain impassable due to severe flooding.
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos announced today that Ilocanos could undergo a free medical check-up and treatment of typhoon-related diseases in Provincial Hospital and several district hospitals in Ilocos Norte until Friday, August 28.
The medical teams earlier deployed by the Provincial Capitol reported an increase risk in widespread respiratory tract infection including diarrhea and flu and a dengue outbreak after the typhoon.
Governor Marcos also added that Ilocanos can avail of the free transportation service from Laoag City proper to Lapaz, Gabu and San Mateo starting today while those who will be going to the routes of Laoag-Pagudpud, Laoag-San Nicolas-Batac-Paoay, Laoag-Dingras-Solsona will be accommodated beginning tomorrow. The free service will be implemented by the Metro Ilocos Norte Council’s (MINC) Night Express and will last until Thursday, August 27.
With the strong wind and heavy rain brought by the typhoon, a province-wide power cut off is being experienced since yesterday caused by a toppled electric tower at Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
“Restoration of the toppled tower along San Esteban-Laoag 115kV line is currently in full swing. Target completion of restoration is August 26 as we are still being delayed because of inaccessibility and inclement weather,” said National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.
To address the massive power cut off in the province, the Provincial Capitol, several municipal and city halls and the pumping stations of the Ilocos Norte Water District are offering free charging of devices and free calls to Ilocanos.
Since yesterday, Governor Marcos has been seeking for the assistance from the national government and appealing to NGCP to fast track the repairing of the toppled electric tower. She has also asked local gasoline stations to stock up in preparation for a rise in demand in fuel.—Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Communications and Media Office
For reference, contact Mr. June Arvin C. Gudoy of PGIN – Communications and Media Office at 0915 396 1332.