Tisoy knocked over 19 power line towers during Bicol onslaught: NGCP


Posted at Dec 04 2019 08:09 PM

MANILA - Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) toppled 19 power transmission line towers in the Bicol Region, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Wednesday.

The operator of the country's power grid said at least 208 sub-transmission line poles in the region were also damaged.

The NGCP said restoration efforts are ongoing as it continued to assess the damage from the typhoon, which has killed at least 13 and damaged houses and structures.

“Out of the 19 transmission line towers that were toppled, we have been bringing now our spares, so that we can provide temporary power to the sub-station. We have already energized some parts of south Luzon like Naga, Gumaca, Labu,” said Frank Mabitasan, NGCP’s Deputy Vice President for Operations and Maintenance.

The NGCP earlier said it was prepared to restore its infrastructure damaged by Tisoy.

Tisoy bore down on Bicol with heavy rains and strong winds on Monday, killing 5 in the region and at least 8 others in other areas.

The Philippines' strongest typhoon yet this year also disrupted flights and some events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games being hosted by the country. - Report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News