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MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Electric Co. said Wednesday it has to wait for waters in severely flooded areas to subside before it can restore power to 427,000 affected households within its service area.
In an interview with radio station dzBB, Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said they had to cut the power supply to severely flooded areas on Tuesday as a safety measure.
Of the number of households without power, 295,000 are within Metro Manila, he said.
Zaldarriaga also explained that some communities where floodwaters have already subsided, such as parts of Sampaloc, which have remained power for almost 24 hours now, will still have to wait for power to be restored because the lines supplying them pass through communities that remain submerged.
In the meantime, Zaldarriaga advised those still without power to check the electrical outlets and other facilities in their homes not just for water but also for mud and other contamination.