12 Yolanda-hit towns still have no power

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 16 2013 02:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2013 10:21 PM

MANILA - Twelve towns devastated by super typhoon "Yolanda" (international code name: Haiyan) are facing a "Black Christmas" due to lack of electricity.

National Electric Administration Deputy Administrator Sonia San Diego reported to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy that 12 towns in the Yolanda- devastated areas have yet to restore power.

San Diego said Yolanda disrupted power service in 133 towns of which service has been restored to 89 while 32 towns are ready to receive power.

The 12 towns that have yet to be restored to the power grid are meant to be re-energized at the town level by December 23.

San Diego did not go into the details of the power service restoration.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla earlier said he will restore service to all Yolanda-devastated areas on or before Christmas.