Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, as Ineng inundates province

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2019 05:37 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2019 06:21 PM

MANILA (UPDATE)—The local government of Ilocos Norte on Saturday declared a state of calamity in the entire province as floods and heavy rains brought about by typhoon Ineng persisted.

 

The downpour and the subsequent rise in water levels caused widespread damage in the province, killing cattle and submerging heavy construction machinery.

The provincial disaster-mitigation agency estimated the cost of damage to public infrastructure and agriculture at about P231.6 million.

Authorities have opened evacuation areas for some 418 people seeking shelter.

Laoag was placed under a state of calamity as floods ravaged parts of the city and farmlands.

The local government is already preparing to distribute aid to residents in need.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Manotoc called on residents "to stay home for their safety."

Weather bureau PAGASA said Ineng's outer rainbands continued to affect extreme northern Luzon even as it made its way to southern Taiwan.