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"Ineng" brought a month-worth of rain in one day

by PGIN-CMO

Aug. 25, 2019 ...

In the height of Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "Ineng" last August 23, Ilocos Norte experienced one of its worst flooding caused by a month-worth of rainfall within 16 hours, leaving damages in the province's agriculture and infrastructure sector amounting to P 589 million as to the latest record.

During the press briefing today, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc stated, "Normally we have roughly 583 mm worth of rain for the month of August, however on Friday alone we had 478 mm. We had a close to a month-worth of rain in one day. Given that we are prepared in terms of infrastructures and disaster management but the amount of rain that we received was tremendous. The amount is unsurmountable."

Since Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasted that STW "Ineng" will bring moderate to heavy rainshowers, however this was intensified by the Habagat or Southwest Moonsoon at the same time by localized thunderstorm.

[SUBHEAD] Gov. Manotoc plans to rectify canal and drainage system

Considering the unexpected heavy rainfall, Governor Manotoc reiterated the need to rectify our canal and drainage system as well as water management.

"Moving forward, the canal systems need to be rectified especially here in Laoag. I think it's high time that the drainage and the water management will be fixed. For our rivers, dredging and desilting ang kailangan."

Mr. Marcell Tabije, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer shared their plans to purchase aquatic equipment in light of the high level of flood experienced in most areas in the province.

 "We have adequate number of rubber boats at the moment and other agencies are helping us in rescuing our residents in flooded areas. However, we intend to purchase more water equipment next year, which we also did this year," Tabije explained.

Governor Manotoc expressed, "This is very sad wake up call to the province. Our systems were in place, we were ready but at the same there is still room for improvements."

"We sympathize to those who were affected. We pledge our continued efforts to help them now and in moving forward. Despite all the rain, the sun is now shining: we will continue to forge ahead with a hope and solidarity as we always have." he ended.