• ‘Ineng’ brings P456.8-M damage to Ilocos Norte


    ILOCOS NORTE: Typhoon “Ineng” (international name: Goni) has caused an estimated P456.8 million in damage to agricultural and infrastructure to the province, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said on Sunday.

    On Saturday, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte placed the province under state of calamity.

    PDRRMC officials said the damage to agriculture amounted to P55.08 million while it was P401.80 for infrastructure.

    According to PDRRMC, some 17,434 families, 75,348 individuals and 221 villages affected were given a total of P230,425 in relief goods.

    As of Sunday, barangays Laureta, Nagapatpatan, Santa Ana, Lipay, Nalasin, Bagbag, Puttao, Bagbago in Solsona; Cabaroan, Cabulalaan in Bacarra; Baresbes, Barong, Elizabeth, San Marcelino, Francisco, Lanas, Ver in Dingras; and Caestebanan in Banna remain impassable because of severe flooding.

    However, power lines have been restored in 18 areas of the province.

    Meanwhile, Gov. Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte said there were recorded cases of widespread respiratory tract infection; diarrhea, flue and dengue brought by the typhoon.

    She said at least three provincial capitol medical teams have assisted in the distribution of medicines like “hyposol” to those who were affected.

    “We continue to seek more support on behalf of the affected communities in terms of medicines, relief operations, immediate attention to the damage in the roads and infrastructure in the province,” Marcos added.

    The governor said the province will remain on red alert until Tuesday as “Ineng: is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday morning.

    Closed roads
    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region I also reported that two sections of the Manila North Road (MNR) or MacArthur Highway in Northern Luzon are still closed to vehicles.

    In a situational report as of 10:45 am on Sunday, the DPWH said the two road sections remained not passable to vehicles due to typhoon “Ineng.”

    These are the MNR Junction Abra to Sulvec Section, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur; and MNR, Barangay Bagani Campo, cemetery section.

    The Junction Abra to Sulvec section is not passable to all types of vehicles because of high water level and motorists are advised to take the Narvacan Sulvec port road.

    The Barangay Bagani Campo cemetery section is also not passable to light vehicles and there is no alternate route for this road section.

    The DPWH noted that warning and informative signs are installed in these areas.



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