‘Ineng’ damage to Ilocos Norte goes over one billion – Governor

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Severe tropical storm “Ineng” has damaged close to a billion pesos worth of infrastructure aside from leaving two people dead in Ilocos Norte, the northern province's governor said Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — Severe tropical storm “Ineng” damaged over a billion pesos worth of infrastructure and agriculture, aside from leaving two people dead in Ilocos Norte, the northern province's governor said Tuesday.

The bulk of the destruction was on infrastructure, leaving 998 million pesos worth of damages, while cost to agriculture was pegged at 45 million pesos, Ilocos Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said.

The bulk of the destruction was on national projects while cost to agriculture was pegged at 45 million pesos, Ilocos Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said.

Two died while two others were injured but are in stable condition, he added. Around 70 houses were also totally or partially damaged.

The governor admitted that the provincial government will need all the help it could get to recover. He said he met with Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Social Welfare Department chief Rolando Bautista on Monday and they pledged their support.

“It’s really insurmountable obviously for the province. We don’t have that type of money,” Manotoc told CNN Philippines’ New Day.

Meanwhile, some residents have returned to their homes after a temporary evacuation and all areas have also had their power restored, he added.

Ilocos Norte was placed under a state of calamity on August 24, amid heavy rains and flooding in the province.