Typhoon Nina devastates Bicol, over 2 million residents without electric service

City government of Naga dspatched personnel for the clearing operations after Typhoon Nina. H/T Photo by Naga Smiles to the World facebook page.
City government of Naga dispatched personnel for the clearing operations after Typhoon Nina. H/T Photo by Naga Smiles to the World facebook page.

Typhoon Nina wrought havoc on Bicol provinces. It left families homeless and plunged the region in black out as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and various local electric service providers work 24/7 to restore power.

Local government units gathered its personnel to do restoration and relief work. Like the one below from Naga City:

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MJB: All department heads/chiefs of offices/all city hall employees are advised not to wear uniform tomorrow, Tuesday, December 27, 2016, as all of us will be deployed to clean up our respective offices and the streets, sidewalks and plazas the whole day tomorrow AFTER the 8am Flag Raising Ceremony where specific instructions will be given. Treasurer’s Office, Accounting Office, City Health Office, City Hospital, City Infirmary, Bicol Central Station, and Naga City People’s Mall are expected to maintain skeletal workforce. Attendance is a must! Thank you.

    Typhoon Nina which is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday has wrougth havoc on towns and muncipalities of Bicol provinces.

    Albay province is now under the state of calamity, the first step so the local government can avail of the P23 million calamity fund available for the province. The provincial government said the typhoon caused heavy damage in many of its municipalities and cities.

    In Albay’s third district Polangui town reports 70 per cent of the residential houses were destroyed.

    The City of Naga is now under the state of calamity after its Sangguniang Panglungsod passed resolution 2016-601 on December 27 at 2 PM.

    Roads from mainland Bicol provinces, in Nabua of Camarines Sur are still not passable to all forms of vehicles due to landslide, flood and debris.

    An aerial survey by the Office for Civil Defense confirmed the roads are not passable from Albay up to Camarines Sur due to storm debris and toppled electrical posts on the highway.

    Military personnel from the 901st brigade and 83rd Infantry Battalion conducts massive clearing operations in Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes. Said provinces were mostly affected by floods, landslides and debris after typhoon Nina.

    Areas where landslides occurred include Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.

    Daang Maharlika is not passable yet which triggered the suspension of several provincial bus operations to Metro Manila.

    The provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes, including all cities are without electric power. Over two million residents do not have electric service.

    Albay Power Energy Corp confirmed 264 electrical posts were downed by the typhoon.

    As of this posting celullar phone service providers Globe and Smart Communications already confirmed their system is now operational.

    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines as of Monday morning has begun work to restore power transmission service.


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