TACLOBAN CITY - Electricity has been restored in 46 out of 500 villages in Southern Leyte after a month-long power outage due to the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Odette.
The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (Soleco) reported on Thursday that as of January 19, at least 19,049 houses and establishments have been energized already out of the 109,145 billed consumers.
"As of this posting, 9.20 percent of villages are already partially energized within the coverage area of Soleco. Per consumer status, 17.45 percent are already energized," Soleco said in its report.
These partially-energized communities are in Maasin City, Macrohon, Bontoc, Sogod, Liloan, Saint Bernard, and San Juan.
Towns that are still experiencing total power shutdown are Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Libagon, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, Silago, and Limasawa.
Soleco is expected to fully restore its services in mid-February.
Task Force Kapatid, composed of personnel from electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas has deployed over 100 linemen to repair damaged distribution facilities.
They are augmented by teams from power cooperatives in Luzon. (PNA)