Electricity will be restored in Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Samar within two to three days. That’s according to the latest advisory from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
According to Leyeco II, the NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 6 p.m. Friday stated that power should be back within two to three days as soon as they’re able to create a bypass line from the Tabango Substation to Ormoc Substation. NGCP’s Ormoc-Tongonan 138kV Line in Kananga had collapsed due to the quake. On the other hand, the Leyte plant in Kananga and also the country’s largest geothermal energy producer, Malitbog Geothermal Power Station, automatically shuts down during a temblor. The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) claimed no major damages but that repairs would still take two to three weeks.
Except for Panay, Negros and Cebu which got their power restored after some power interruptions, a region-wide blackout blankets the Visayas following the 6.5 earthquake that struck it at 4:03 p.m Thursday. The quake killed two in Ormoc and Kananga and injured more than 200 people. It also left major damages including the runway at Ormoc airport, two major highways, one footbridge, two bridges, and two school buildings in Barangays Lim-au and Rizal. The quake triggered landslides as well as almost 300 aftershocks.
The municipality of Kananga issued a state of calamity while Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla suspended all classes in all levels. In Bohol, however, residents also had to suffer no water supply on top of the blackout.
Bohol Light Company, the electrical substation in Tagbilaran, advised the Boholano people to just do their best under the circumstances. “Power plants & NGCP Sub-station in Leyte are shut down and still on assessment period. Power restoration for Bohol may take long. Please take precautions to prevent fire, conserve water and remove plugs from outlets,” it said. Its latest update is to start power rationing Friday night.