POWER STILL DOWN IN 4 PROVINCES DUE TO ‘NONA’

POWER STILL DOWN IN 4 PROVINCES DUE TO ‘NONA’

MANILA – Four provinces are still experiencing brownouts Tuesday as typhoon “Nona” ravaged through parts of Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

In its 11:00 a.m. update Tuesday, power-grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that Albay, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Sorsogon are yet to be energized.

The areas lost power on Monday due to the impact of Typhoon “Nona”.

In Albaya, the towns with power cuts are: Camalig, Guinobatan, Jovellar, Ligao, Pioduran, Oas, Polangui and Libon.

In Eastern Samar, the towns without power are Sulat, Taft, Can-avid, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpio, Arteche, Jipapad, Maslog, Borongan, Balangkayan, San Julian, Maydolong, Llorente, Salcedo, Guiuan, MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapundan, Giporlos, Balangiga and Lawaan.

In Northern Samar, the towns with brownouts are: Bobon, Catarman, Mondragon, San Roque, Rosario, San Jose, Lope de Vega, Allen, Victoria, San Isidro, Catubig, Gamay, Lao-ang, Pambuhan, Palapag, Las Navas and Lavezares.

In Sorsogon, the towns with brownouts are Bulan, Matnog, Sta. Magdalena, Irosin, Bulusan, Juban, Casiguran, Magallanes, Gubat, Prieto Diaz, Barcelona, Pilar, Castilla, Donsol and Bacon.

On the other hand, NGCP bared it has restored power in Camarines Sur, Quezon and Samar.

Other affected lines are: 230-kilovolt Tiwi A-Daraga, 230-kV Daraga-Bacman line 1 and 2, 350-kV line Allen-Ormoc and 350-kV Naga-Sta. Magdalena.

The grid operator added it will inspect and restore the power lines “as soon as the weather allows.”

NGCP also assured it has implemented preparations to minimize the impact of the typhoon on its operations and facilities.

The precautions include ensuring supply of hardware materials to repair damaged facilities and positioning of line crews in strategic areas. Juzel L. Danganan/PNA