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Some households still without power Monday night

A number of households in the city’s flood-hit neighbourhoods following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Mangkhut were still without power Monday night due to flood-damaged electricity-supply components in their buildings.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

A number of households in the city’s flood-hit neighbourhoods following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Mangkhut were still without power Monday night due to flood-damaged electricity-supply components in their buildings.

When serious flooding was hitting the city’s various low-lying areas on Sunday afternoon, power utility CEM took the initiative to cut electricity at sub-power stations in these areas with the aim of enabling the company to resume electricity for affected households following the floods’ subsidence.

CEM said on Sunday that this practice was to ensure residents’ safety and protect the facilities. Ha Van (Praia do Manduco) district, Patane district, Lam Mau Tong district and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (commonly known as “San Ma Lou”) were affected by the measure.

The company said on Sunday that its staff would repair the substations affected by the flooding as soon as possible after the floods’ subsidence.

CEM said Monday night that it had completed the repairs to all the affected sub-stations.

However, CEM said that some households still did not have their power supply back to normal, possibly due to power-supply equipment in their residential buildings being damaged by the floods.

The company said Monday night it did not know how many households continued to be affected by the blackout.

During a press conference about the government’s disaster prevention and mitigation tasks tackling Mangkhut, a CEM representative said that some 20,000 households were affected due to the company’s decision to cut electricity at the sub-power stations in the flood-hit neighbourhoods.

The representative pledged that the company would continue to make improvements to its power-supply facilities in the future to minimise the possible impact on electricity supplies caused by serious flooding.

A small number of households reportedly remained without tap water supply last night due to Mangkhut.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

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