Typhoon Santi severely damaged four power transmission lines in the country, leaving some areas in Central Luzon without power after it made landfall in Aurora province Friday last week, according to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
The power grid operator said that it continues to inspect, assess, and repair power lines and facilities affected by the powerful typhoon that hit several provinces and laid waste to billions in agricultural crops.
Among the affected facilities, the transmission lines that suffered severe damage and remain unrestored are the Cabanatuan—Baler 69 kiloVolt (kV) line, Cabanatuan—Pantabangan 69kV line, Cabanatuan—San Isidro 69kV line 1 and Cabanatuan—San Isidro 69kV line 2.
The NGCP said that the extent of damage to their lines is still being assessed, thus it cannot say when full power supply will be restored in the affected areas.
“The NGCP assures the public of the expedited repair of the affected facilities and that it is ready to conduct similar disaster management activities to ensure reliable power transmission services,” the agency said in a statement.
“The corporation is also continuously taking necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of succeeding tropical storms and disasters on NGCP operations and facilities,” it added.
Madelaine B. Miraflor