Still without electricity: Smart offers free calling, charging in areas hit by Lando

Smart Communications, Inc. has announced that it has dispatched its emergency units to different areas affected by Typhoon Lando to provide free calling and charging stations.

In a press release posted on the company’s official website, it has been noted that the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company’s mobile subsidiary has established special booths in Isabela, Ifugao, Cagayan, and Nueva Ecija.

Recognizing communications as an important form of relief, Smart has been consistent in immediately providing free calls and charging services during disasters,” Smart stated; adding that it commits to assist the government in providing relief for disaster-hit communities.

Internationally known as Koppu, the weather disturbance has left several places in Northern Luzon without electricity after strong winds and torrential rains pounded the region at a mere speed of only 5 kilometers per hour.

On Thursday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has announced that Lando has already weakened into a Low Pressure Area, and was located at 160 kilometers east-southeast of of Basco, Batanes.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has disclosed that at least 41 persons were recorded in the official death toll, and P7.2-billion worth of damages in structures and livelihood were estimated during the period of inclement weather conditions.

Smart is calling on all interested donors to send financial aids of P10, P25, P50, P100, P300, P500, or P1,000 to affected communities through the specialized service that the network has provided for the Philippine Red Cross.

To send a donation, subscribers may send RED [space] [amount] to 4143.