Fallen electric posts slow 'Nina' relief in Albay


Posted at Dec 27 2016 09:14 AM

Fallen electric posts slow 'Nina' relief in Albay 1
Children spend Christmas Day at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay. Reuters

MANILA - Electric posts toppled by Typhoon "Nina" have blocked relief workers from delivering badly-needed aid to some towns in Albay, the provincial governor said Tuesday.

The local government has asked the Department of Energy to mobilize local power cooperatives to help clear the roads, Governor Al Francis Bichara. 

"We can't reach some villages because of fallen electric posts. We've already removed uprooted tree trunks from the roads but we're hesitant to clear electric posts because this may worsen the ongoing power outage," Bichara told DZMM. 

Typhoon Nina hammered Luzon island on Christmas Day, leaving a trail of flooding and power outages. All four fatalities recorded from the storm so far are from Albay.

The local government, Bichara said, is assessing the cost of agricultural damage, including vast tracts of coconut and rice farms.