207,000 Meralco customers without power due to 'Lando'

October 19, 2015 9:20 am 

By Juzel L. Danganan

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) – Typhoon 'Lando' has affected 207,000 customers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), bringing brownouts to major parts of Cavite, Bulacan and Rizal.

The distribution utility said in a statement Sunday that around 4 percent of its total customers had power outages, as 24 of its power circuits have been out due to the impact of Typhoon “Lando”.

Meralco said “it is continuously assessing the extent of damage in its distribution facilities including poles, transformers, wires, and sub-transmission lines.”

The power firm also said it is repairing its damaged facilities and targets to restore the power on Sunday. However, it said the restoration will depend on the volume of debris and the extent of damage to its distribution facilities, among others.

Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga also calls on the public to continuously observe safety measures in case of flooding, such as turning off the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker and unplugging appliances from wall sockets.

The spokesman added the public should “keep all channels of communication open and ready.” This includes charging mobile phones, laptops, radios, and other communication gadgets.

”Customers may get in touch with its Call Center at 16211 and 631-1111 or visit Meralco’s website (www.meralco.com.ph), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/meralco) and Twitter account (@meralco) for updates. Posted on its Facebook page also are the numbers of the various Meralco Business Centers, which the customers may reach for their queries. They may also text their concerns to 0920-9716211 (Smart), 0917-5516211 (Globe), and 0925-7716211 (Sun),” it added. (PNA)

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