Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to flooding

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24)— The province of Ilocos Norte declared a state of calamity due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall from Severe Tropical Storm Ineng Saturday.

This was confirmed by Marcel Tabije, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Tabije said authorities are verifying reports of two disaster-related deaths – one in Laoag City and one in Pasuquin town. Two others reportedly suffered injuries related to the bad weather conditions.

The floods also caused an economic loss in Ilocos Norte province estimated at ₱168 million worth of infrastructure, farm crops and livestock, Tabije said. The Office of Civil Defense in Ilocos Region said some 1,776 families were affected.

A state of calamity enables the local government to use the appropriate calamity funds.

Ilocos Norte was among the provinces severely affected by “Ineng,” which moved out of the Philippine territory ‪on Saturday evening‬.

The provincial government said flashfloods have been reported in Ilocos Norte since Friday.

The government has closed down government-owned facilities and tourist spots such as Kapurpurawan and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos town, Pagudpud Beach Park, Malacañang of the North and the sand dunes in Paoay town, Taoid Museum and Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag, and the Presidential Center in Batac town.

Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon meanwhile told CNN Philippines that the situation in the area was already “under control” by ‪6 p.m.‬ and that flooding has already subsided.