Ilocos Norte damage costs P2B

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ILOCOS NORTE: An aerial inspection and relief operation of Ilocos Norte on Thursday led by Gov. Imee Marcos over several devastated areas revealed that the damage to agriculture and infrastructure caused by Typhoon Ineng has reached almost P2 billion.

Engr. Glen Reyes, of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), said that the assessment showed that one kilometer of the dike system of Madungan dam in Dingras town has been washed out.

Reyes said that as of Thursday, damage to river and flood control infrastructure stands at P1.6 billion.

He said the destruction of the dike system, which covers the barangays of San Marcelino and Baresbes in Dingras town has triggered severe flooding.


With this, Marcos said they are mapping out short term and long term plans in rehabilitating the dike system.

“We are also considering restoring and following the original plan of the dam in order to minimize damage during typhoons,” she said.

Marcos said a complete redesigning and reevaluation of the positioning of the dikes must be done at the soonest possible time.

Meanwhile, the provincial government continues to distribute relief goods in affected areas as latest report from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council showed that more than 100,000 Ilocanos were affected by the typhoon.

On Friday, aerial survey was conducted in Nueva Era and Adams, which was also severely hit by Ineng and has been impassable for days.

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