Ilocos Norte residents now prepare yet for another tropical depression Jenny to hit their province after being submerged in flood last Saturday due to heavy rains brought by typhoon “Ineng.”
Tropical Depression Jenny Update
PAG-ASA declared public storm warning signal number one (1) yesterday to 15 provinces and added 13 more on the list this Tuesday Morning including previously damaged Ilocos Norte:
- Camarines Sur
- Camarines Norte
- La Union
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Metro Manila
Local government units of the said provinces already announced class suspension today in the affected areas.
As of 4:00 am today, tropical depression “Jenny” is monitored 395 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 525 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte. “Jenny” is expected to landfall in Aurora province tonight or Wednesday morning.
According to PAG-ASA’s weather bulletin, “Jenny” has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and 70 kph gustiness. It is moving west at 25 kph.
Local government declares a state of calamity in Ilocos Norte
Typhoon Ineng surprised the people of Ilocos Norte which has not experienced flooding for a quite long time now. Residents did not expect the amount of rain Ineng brought as PAG-ASA raised public storm signal warning number one only on Friday. An average of 50 millimeters per hour of rainfall poured in across the province on Saturday.
Over 4,500 families were affected by the sudden flood. The areas that were greatly affected were Laoag, San Nicolas, Pasuquin, and Bacarra. Aside from houses, building, bridges, schools, and other construction sites were also damaged by “Ineng”
Typhoon Ineng also destroyed over 300 million pesos worth of farm products and 20 million worth of agricultural products such as fisheries, crops, and rice fields.
Many residents claim that it is their first time to experience such flood in almost 46 years. Cynthia Iglesias, the local weather bureau chief claims the flood is caused by the province’s problem in waterway systems.