232 villages in S. Leyte hit by typhoon still without power

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POWER RESTORE. Line workers work to restore power to typhoon-hit Southern Leyte province in this photo from February 25, 2022. Power has been restored to just 268 of the 500 villages in Southern Leyte after three months of blackout caused by Typhoon Odette. (Photo courtesy of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative)

TACLOBAN CITY – Electricity has been restored to just 268 of the 500 villages in southern Leyte after a three-month power outage caused by Typhoon Odette.

The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (Soleco) reported on Tuesday that as of March 14, only 66,116 homes and establishments had been supplied out of the 105,787 affected electricity consumers.

“As of today, 53.28% of villages are already partially energized in Soleco’s coverage area. By consumer status, 62.5% are already energized,” Soleco said in its report.

All 23 villages in Pintuyan town and 15 villages in San Ricardo town are still without power, affecting nearly 5,000 households in these two typhoon-ravaged towns.

Electricity has been fully restored to the towns of San Juan and Silago with over 7,000 homes.

Partially energized communities are in the cities of Maasin City, Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc, Sogod, Liloan, Saint Bernard, Hinunangan, Malitbog, Libagon, Anahawan, Hinundayan and Limasawa.

Soleco is expected to fully restore service to all cities by the end of March.

Task Force Kapatid, made up of personnel from electricity cooperatives in the Eastern Visayas, has deployed more than 100 linemen to repair damaged distribution facilities.

They were reinforced by teams from electricity cooperatives in Luzon. (NAP)

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