‘NENENG’ IMPACT. The Tamdagan Bridge in Vintar, Ilocos Norte is impassable to all vehicles on Sunday (Oct. 16, 2022). The swelling of the Bislak River spawned by typhoon Neneng damaged its approach. (Photo courtesy of Vintar LGU)

LAOAG CITY – Some residents in the province of Ilocos Norte are spending the night without electricity as Typhoon Neneng flooded several households, uprooted trees, and toppled electric posts on Sunday.

In its latest situational report, the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) said at least seven out of the 21 towns and two cities of Ilocos Norte have no electricity. These are the towns of Adams, Bangui, Burgos, Carasi, Dumalneg, Pasuquin and Pagudpud.

“As of 3 p.m. Sunday, Ilocos Norte is 64 percent totally energized,” Noel Andres, information officer of INEC, said on Sunday.

Power supply in all the affected areas is expected to be fully restored once the weather permits.

While monitoring reports of damage and responding to requests to evacuate families, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc urged the public to remain indoors and closely monitor the situation via the local media, social media, and the resiliency councils and clusters for official updates.

As of this posting, the Ilocos Norte government reported that at least three roads in Barangays Balaoi and Pancian in Pagudpud, Barangay Tamdagan in Vintar, and Barangays Mangitayag, Loing, Libnaoan, Bimanga and Aruay in Piddig town are impassable.

At the height of Typhoon Neneng, search and rescue teams of the Ilocos Norte government with personnel from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Air Force, as well as the City and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, rescued three persons in Barangay Madiladig, one in Barangay 22, one in Barangay 29, all from Laoag City and one in Barangay Nagrebcan, San Nicolas town.

The municipal and city agriculture officers are likewise monitoring damage to agriculture caused by wide-scale flooding in low-lying areas and other flood- and landslide-prone areas.

Provincial social welfare and development officer Lilian Rin also reported Sunday that they are now preparing to launch relief efforts to affected communities.

As of 5 p.m. weather bulletin, Ilocos Norte remains under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2, bringing light to moderate rains and at times strong winds in some parts of the province. (PNA)