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Comelec gives generator sets as power source in Yolanda-hit areas

Posted On 2013 Nov 11
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President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas personally inspect the extent of damage wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) during his visit to Tacloban City, Leyte on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world's most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas personally inspect the extent of damage wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) during his visit to Tacloban City, Leyte on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world’s most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has provided generator sets and batteries to provinces affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr. tweeted that the poll body released generator sets and batteries to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“To aid the ongoing relief and (rehabilitation) efforts in Visayas, Comelec is releasing 700 generator sets and 80,000 standby batteries to the NDRRMC,” Brillantes said, adding that these would serve as temporary source of power in areas where power lines were cut off.

“These generators and batteries can be a temporary source of electricity in the affected areas until power lines are restored,” he added.

Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon that made landfall, ravaged central Philippines on Friday and is believed to have claimed thousands of lives. As of Monday morning, however, the NDRRMC has placed the number of fatalities at 255.

Meanwhile, the Comelec Employees’ Union also said they would donate their annual Christmas Party allocation to aid victims of the super typhoon.

The NDRRCM said the following provinces and municipalities in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and XIII are still experiencing power interruptions:

Rizal (one municipality)
Oriental Mindoro (6 Municipalities)
Palawan (5 Municipalities)
Occidental Mindoro (2 Municipalities)
Romblon (6 Municipalities)
Albay and Camarines Sur (Select municipalities)
Masbate and Catanduanes
Capiz, Aklan, and portions of Antique
Iloilo (6 municipalities)
Cebu (24 municipalities of northern Cebu including San Francisco, Camotes, Tuburan and parts of Danao City)
Bohol
Negros Oriental (two cities)
Siquijor
Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur

Meanwhile, power is restored in the following areas, according to NDRRMC:

Province of Marinduque
Oriental Mindoro (10 municipalities, 1 city)
Occidental Mindoro (4 municipalities)
Romblon (5 municipalities)
Iloilo (3 municipalities) (MNS)

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