TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 7 (PIA) – There is no definite date yet as to when the power supply in most parts of Eastern Visayas will be restored.
This, after a strong earthquake struck Leyte, Thursday, where the epicentre was located at 67 degrees west of Jaro, Leyte.
Ma. Edna Legaspina, communications officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said aerial and ground patrols are being conducted to assess areas affected by the quake.
NGCP reported that both the Ormoc HVDC and Ormoc Substation sustained damages. A tower along the 138kV Ormoc-Tongonan Line was found leaning during the inspection.
Legaspina also said that NGCP has already mobilized six line gangs to temporarily restore the Ormoc-Tongonan 138kV Line. Another line gang was sent to Kananga Switchyard to assess possible ways of extending power from the Tabango Substation to Ormoc Substation.
On the part of the Leyte II Electric Cooperative, it informed that as per technical survey and assessment of their personnel, LEYECO II’s distribution line infrastructures are intact following the 6.5 quake denoting that the cooperative is ready to receive power from the source through NGCP.
However, due to the extent of damage towards the power source, LEYECO II is taking conscious efforts to continuously communicate with the power source to keep the electric consumers abreast and updated. As of this posting no definite date had been given both by the GCGI (power plant) and NGCP (transmission) as to when power will be up.
Thus, LEYECO II is seeking the fervent understanding and prayerful spirits of their member consumers.
Meanwhile, since last night, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center has raised the alert status from BLUE to RED relative to the effects of the 6.5 quake.
A situational report of the Office of Civil Defense Region 8 revealed that two persons were confirmed dead while 72 sustained injuries. One of the casualties was recovered under the three storey building that collapsed located at Barangay Poblacion, Kananga Leyte while the other victim’s cause of death was due to concrete hollow blocks that fell on her.
Injured victims were rushed immediately to Kananga Community Hospital, Ormoc District Hospital, Carigara District Hospital, OSPA and Kananga Rural Health Unit.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center has established the Incident Command Post to facilitate the immediate on-site response and coordination with other disaster response teams.(NGCP/PIA8/ajc/cba )