Six local government units in the province of Ilocos Sur are marked as critical areas as floods continue to persist.
Mark Masudog of the Office of the Civil Defense – Ilocos Region says as of writing that exact figures cannot be provided as power is out in the province.
However, in an earlier emergency meeting on early Tuesday morning, October 12, the towns of Sta. Lucia, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Maria, Santiago, Narvacan, and Candon City were under critical status.
“Ongoing po ang rescue operations natin, mahirap nga lang po makapagkalap ng impormasyon sa are ngayon dahil nawalan po sila ng kuryente," said Masudog. (Rescue operations are ongoing, but ifnormation-gathering is difficult now because of the lack of electricity.)
Residents asking for rescue are now taking things to social media.
In La Union, 299 individuals have been evacuated, according to Masudog.
Meanwhile, Bayugao Bridge in Santa Cruz town is currently unpassable after its two spans sustained damages.
Jocelyn Oamar, spokesperson of DPWH Ilocos Region, said bailey panels and accessories from different provinces in the region are in transit.
The Manila-North Road in parts of Barangay Sacuyya, Santa, Barangay Nanguneg in Narvacan town, Barangay Baliw Daya, Santa Maria town, and Barangay Bagani Campo in Candon City are hardly passable to heavy vehicles due to flooding. – Rappler.com
Ahikam Pasion is a Luzon-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.