LAOAG CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA) -- In an emergency session earlier, Ilocos Norte has been placed under state of calamity by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through Provincial Resolution No. 2019-08-22 as the province continues to experience flooding and agricultural damages with two reported deaths brought by Severe Tropical Storm Ineng.
Due to nonstop 24 hours of heavy rain, these two casualties involved a 17-year-old girl from Pasuquin whose house collapsed due to landslide and a 37-year-old man who was carried away by flood waters in Laoag City.
Early morning, households rattled when flood level almost reached their houses and also caused impassability of some roads.
SITUATION IN PAOAY. Flooded areas in Paoay due to severe tropical storm "Ineng." (photo by Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco/PIA Ilocos Norte)
As of 6 pm today, over P200 million-worth of combined damages in infrastructure and agriculture are recorded in Ilocos Norte.
In Laoag City, 418 people were evacuated from the 17 heavily affected areas in the city.
Tourist spots and other government-owned facilities like Kapurpurawan, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Pagudpud Beach Park, Malacanang of the North, Sand dunes, Taoid and Museo Ilocos Norte, and Presidential Center in Batac City are closed until the weather clears.
In light of the declaration of state of calamity, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) led by Marcell Tabije has ensured that relief supplies and rescue equipment are utilized.
"The provincial government is helping our local government units by lending our rescue equipment and overseeing rescue operations," Tabije assured.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) reported that a total of 1,750 relief packs containing rice and canned goods have been stored in seven sites of the office in the northern towns which are projected to be the hardest-hit by the tropical storm.
Aside from the distribution of relief packages, the PSWDO has reminded the public to keep an eye on the vulnerable members of their communities.
"Maigting ang ating pagpapaalala sa mga pamilyang may miyembrong senior citizens, mga may kapansanan, kabilang na ang mga magulang na may maliliit na anak na bantayan ang kanilang kaligtasan sa oras na hindi maganda ang lagay ng panahon. Lumikas sa ligtas na lugar, halimbawa na ang mga higher ground," PSWD Officer Lilian Rin said.
Local authorities urged the public to stay indoors and to take precautionary measures.
At 2 pm today, severe tropical storm "Ineng" made a landfall over Pingtung County in southern Taiwan.
Warning signal has been lifted in the province of Ilocos Norte. (AMB/MJTAB/PIA 1-Ilocos Norte)