By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Sunday said that the total number of families affected by Typhoon “Ompong” has further risen to half a million families more than a week after the most powerful weather disturbance struck the country.
NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator Ricardo B. Jalad, said that based on their latest update released at 6 a.m. Sunday, a total of 508,076 families or 2,140,442 persons from 4,817 barangays in Regions 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), National Capital Region (NCR) and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), were affected by Ompong.
Of the total, 13,587 families or 56,917 persons are being served inside and outside evacuation centers.
Jalad said a total of 23 people have already been confirmed killed, 134 injured and two missing in Regions 1, 2, 3, VI, CAR and NCR.
The official also disclosed that a total of 43 incidents (landslides, flooding, road slip, land subsidence, and vehicular accident were also monitored in Regions Mimaropa, 5, 6, and CAR.
Jalad said damages to agriculture and infrastructure in five regions of the country (1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, CAR) have reached P17,917,847,631.02.
Of the number, the damage to agriculture has already reached P14,339,237,631.02 while for infrastructure it has reached P3,632,610,000.00. About 171,932 farmers were also affected.
Also, a total of 308 road sections and seven bridges were affected in Regions 1, 2, 3, 5 and CAR of which 283 road sections and five bridges were reported passable as of Saturday (September 22).
Posadas also said a total of 402 areas were reported flooded in Regions 1, 3, Calabarzon and Mimaropa as of Friday of which 173 areas have already subsided.
Also, a total of 117,737 houses were damaged (10,338 totally and 107,399 partially) by Ompong from Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR.
Jalad said a total of P100,838,649.63 worth of assistance from OCD, Department of Health, and other agencies were provided to the victims.
A total of eight provinces and seven cities/municipalities were declared under a state of calamity.