By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Monday said that damages to infrastructure and agriculture due to the effects of the Southwest Monsoon or “Habagat” enhanced by Tropical Cyclones “Henry” “Inday” and “Josie” has neared the P900 million mark.
Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, the Executive Director of the NDRRMC and concurrent Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said that based on the latest figures they have received, a total of P817, 301,517.68 worth of damages to infrastructure and agriculture were recorded in Regions I, II, III,CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), VI and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).
He said a total of P24, 872,076.48 worth of assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to the affected families of Regions I, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI, NCR and CAR.
Jalad said as of their latest count, a total of 250,536 families or 1,132,666 persons were affected in 667 barangays in Regions I, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI and CAR and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Jalad said of the total number of families affected, 68,057 or 271,588 persons are being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
Jalad said as of 4 p.m. Monday (July 23, 2018), a total of 76 passengers, four rolling cargoes, three vessel and one MBCAs were still stranded in the ports of Batangas, Camarines Sur, and Iloilo due to bad weather condition.
Jalad, at the same time, said that the NDRRMC has already recorded 74 incidents such as landslides, strong winds, soil erosion and coastal erosion, collapsed structure, and maritime incident in Region’s I, III, CALABARZOM, MIMAROPA, VI and CAR.
Also, a total of 74 road sections and six bridges were affected in Regions I, III, CALABARZON, VI and CAR.
Jalad also said 26 areas in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI, CAR and NCR experienced power interruption over the weekend. As of Tuesday (July 24, 2018), power was restored in 23 areas.
To date, a total of 388 cities/municipalities in Regions I, II, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI, CAR and NCR suspended classes in their respective areas.
Jalad, in the same report, said 423 areas have experienced flooding in Regions I, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, CAR, and NCR. Of which, 127 areas have already subsided.
He also said that a total of 209 houses were damaged – 30 totally and 179 partially – in Regions I, III, MIMAROPA, VI and CAR.
Jalad said to date, a total of four persons were confirmed killed as a result of the Southwest Monsoon or “Habagat” enhanced by Tropical Cyclones “Henry” “Inday” and “Josie”.
One person was also injured and two others remain missing.