Monday, May 29, 2017

Mariknum! 81 percent of Catanduanes homes still without power

A whopping 81 percent of households in Catanduanes are still without electricity over two weeks after typhoon “Nina’s” onslaught in the province and the rest of Bicol.

This was learned via the Department of Energy’s (DOE) power restoration figures as of Sunday, January 9.

The DOE report showed that a measly 18.92 percent of Catanduanes homes have been re-powered since Nina made landfall there on Christmas Day and wrecked local transmission lines.

Packing winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph), Nina (international name Nock Ten) is the strongest typhoon to hit Bicol since “Reming” in 2006.

“We are maximizing our assets and resources for the resumption of electricity in the soonest possible time in the hard-hit areas, where hundreds of distribution poles went down,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Meanwhile, the same report said that Camarines Sur and Albay–two provinces in the region that were also hard-hit by the storm–had power restoration rates of 58.9 percent and 47.75 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon were declared “fully restored” by the DOE, but then these areas weren’t as badly affected by Nina as the other areas.

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