Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

LAOAG CITY – In the wake of typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) Gov. Imee Marcos has declared Ilocos Norte under a state of calamity following a report of total estimated worth of damages of 456,878,938.65 as of August 23, 2015.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), damage to agriculture has amounted to P55,082,358.65 while infrastructure has reached P401,796,580.00.

The PDRRMC has also reported that some 17,434 families, 75,348 individuals and 221 barangays have been affected by typhoon Ineng in Ilocos Norte. The provincial government has already distributed a total of P230,425.00-worth of relief goods.

Earlier, Marcos has directed three medical teams of the Provincial Capitol to distribute medicines like ‘hyposol’ during Capitol Express after a report of widespread respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, flu and dengue in the province.

Marcos seeked more support on behalf of the affected communities in terms of medicines, relief operations, and to give immediate attention to roads and infrastructure damages in the province.

As of today (Aug. 23), several areas in the province like Brgy. Laureta, Nagapatpatan, Sta. Ana, Lipay, Nalasin, Bagbag, Puttao, Bagbago, Solsona, Cabaroan, Cabulalaan, Bacarra, Baresbes, Barong, Elizabeth, San Marcelino, Francisco, Lanas, Ver, Dingras, Caestebanan and Banna remain impassable due to severe flooding.

Power lines, however, have been restored in 18 areas in the province.

The PDRRMC also reported that one person was killed by a fallen tree, nine were injured and one was missing due to typhoon Ineng.

Marcos said that the Province of Ilocos Norte remains on red-alert until Tuesday as Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday morning. (With reports from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Communications and Media Office)