Power restored in 465 Ilocos villages

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Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative linemen repair a pole line in the province. (Photo courtesy of INEC)

Electricity has been restored in about 95 percent or 465 of 557 villages in Ilocos Norte affected by Super Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) that hit the province two weeks ago, the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) reported on Friday.

The cooperatives’ linemen were working overtime to fully restore electricity in the province, Felino Herbert Agdigos, general manager of INEC, said in a press briefing.

For more than two weeks now, some areas of the province, particularly in remote areas with toppled electric posts have no power. These include some sitios and villages in the municipalities of Batac, Badoc, Pinili, Currimao and Nueva Era, according to Agdigos.

At the height of Typhoon Ompong, fierce winds smashed Ilocos Norte, especially on the early morning of 15 September. The INEC management decided to shut down power to secure consumers from further damage to life and property.

Efforts to fully restore power in the entire province continues, where more than 300 primary electric poles were toppled by “Ompong.”

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