Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to ‘Ineng’ flooding

LAOAG CITY — Due to continuous and heavy rainfall caused by Severe Tropical Storm “Ineng” (International name: Bailu), the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in an emergency session yesterday declared a state of calamity over Ilocos Norte.

With reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC), alongside that of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) regarding “Ineng” casualties, Provincial Board Member Da Vinci Crisostomo, who led the emergency session, declared a state of calamity over Ilocos Norte through the Provincial Resolution No. 2019-08-022.

Severe flooding, road blockages and closures, landslide, and death of livestock have been reported throughout the province over the past day, with tertiary-level classes and work in the public and private sector being suspended.

As of yesterday, a total of 230 million pesos worth of infrastructural and agricultural damages and more than 18 thousand affected residents were recorded.

“Due to the nonstop rains that caused severe floods in most areas of the province, nearly 110 barangays, including 4,595 families or more than 18,000 individuals have been affected. Also, Php 231,622,000.00 worth of damages have been recorded in public infrastructure and agriculture,” Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said in a memorandum released later today.

The Provincial Government has already launched initial relief operations. It has deployed heavy equipment for road clearing and dredging efforts. Also, food packs and hygiene kits were already distributed to affected residents.

Other members of the PDRRMC remain on standby, ready with rescue teams, equipment, and relief supplies stationed at the Provincial Capitol.