Heavy rains hit Ilocos Norte province on Saturday, August 24, as Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) moved through the region, causing officials to declare a state of calamity. Significant flooding and landslides were reported throughout the province, and at least two people have been killed in Pasuqin and Laoag City. Over 18,000 people are being affected by the flooding, which has caused widespread damage to infrastructure and agriculture. A general flood advisory remains in effect for Ilocos Norte until 17:45 (local time) on Sunday, August 25. Associated transportation and business disruptions are anticipated throughout Ilocos Norte in the coming days as recovery efforts are ongoing in the region.
Individuals in Ilocos Norte province are advised to monitor developments to the situation and local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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