‘Ursula’ death toll climbs to 41; agri-infra damage now at P1B

Published December 29, 2019, 11:55 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Martin Sadongdong, Marie Tonette Marticio, and Minerva Newman 

At least 13 new fatalities were recorded in Southern Luzon and Visayas islands due to tropical storm “Ursula” bringing the death toll to 41, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.

A resident looks at a house damaged at the height of Typhoon Phanfone in Tacloban, Leyte province in the central Philippines on December 25, 2019. - Typhoon Phanfone pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet and miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. (Photo by Bobbie ALOTA / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
A resident looks at a house damaged at the height of Typhoon Phanfone in Tacloban, Leyte province in the central Philippines on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Bobbie ALOTA / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said seven new fatalities were re­ported in Mimaropa (Region 4B) – five of which were in Oriental Mindoro, while two were in Occidental Mindoro.

Eastern Samar’s death count jumped to five on Saturday. Five persons also per­ished in Leyte, up from its previous list of two deaths.

In Aklan, there were three recorded deaths, higher than its previous record of two. Ursula’s damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Southern Lu­zon and the entire Visayas has bal­looned to P1,074,292,945.

The agriculture industry in Re­gion 6 continued to be the most af­fected as it suffered P595,300,804 worth of damages.

In Iloilo alone, farmers and fishermen lost over P168 million in its fisheries sector, P10.4 million in high-value crops, and more than P9 million in its rice produce.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7) re­ported an estimated P14.98-million damage to the fishery sector in Cen­tral Visayas with the seaweed (Guzo) farms in northern Cebu experiencing the most damage.

“About 8.5 hectares of Guzo farms on Bantayan Island, Daanban­tayan, Medellin, and San Remigio towns and Bogo City were affected,” BFAR-7 regional information of­ficer Alma Saavedra told Manila Bulletin.

He added that there were 119 motorized fishing boats and 12 bancas damaged by TS Ursula affect­ing about 255 fisher folks from the towns of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remi­gio, Tabogon, Compostela, Asturias, and Bogo City.

Saavedra added that BFAR’s Multi-Species Hatchery facility located at a coastal community in Barangay Kawit, Medellin, Cebu, was destroyed with an estimated damage at P1.2 million which was 90 percent of its structure.

NDRRMC spokesman Mark Tim­bal said they were hoping that there will be no more fatalities as all the affected regions have reported the extent of damage by Ursula in their areas.

“We’re hoping na hindi na mad­agdagan kasi nakapagreport na lahat ng regions ng mga status nila (We’re hoping that [the casualties] will no longer increase because all the regions have sent their reports about their status),” Timbal told the Manila Bulletin.

Timbal said they have yet to lo­cate 12 people who went missing at the height of the cyclone early this week.

Of the missing, eight were re­corded in Region 6, and two each in Mimaropa and Region 8.

“Continuing pa

(Search and rescue operations are still continuing),” he said.

The number of injured persons also increased from two to 28 – 13 of which were in Region 6, 10 in Region 8, and five in Mimaropa.
Jalad said aid was continuously being provided to the affected re­gions to help residents recover from the devastation.

“Ursula” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning.

Bleak New Year

CAIBIRAN, Biliran – It’s going to be a bleak New Year’s celebration for some 4,000 families here whose houses were washed out by storm surge and damaged by the pounding winds and heavy rains brought by Ty­phoon “Ursula” on Christmas Eve.

Some locals made makeshift houses from the debris in order to have a temporary shelter.

Allan Almen, 56, a father of 10 in Brgy. Victory, was trying to remove nails from the wood of his nephew’s house washed out by a 4-meter storm surge.

Brgy. Victory was one of the worst hit when “Ursula” landed in the adjacent town of Cabucgayan. Based on the local government unit’s initial assessment, 622 houses were damaged, while 130 were destroyed. Some sitios remain isolated because of a damaged footbridge.

Almen said he will use whatever he could salvage so he could make a temporary shelter for his children.

He earns around P100 daily from fishing and now that his boat was also destroyed, he said, it would be difficult for him to feed his fam­ily because they consume at least a ganta of rice a day.

Mayor Rhodessa Delante Revita said they have initially recorded P38 million worth of damaged houses in coastal areas and upstream vil­lages.

They have an initial report of 3,300 damaged and over 500 de­stroyed houses in Brgys. Victory, Palengke, Asug, Binohangan, and Uson.

“The problem is that there are Yolanda victims who failed to re­ceive housing units and they are staying in our evacuation centers in the meantime. We are still arranging that they be allowed to occupy empty units in the NHA’s Yolanda housing project,” Revita said.

 
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‘Ursula’ death toll climbs to 41; agri-infra damage now at P1B

Published December 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Martin Sadongdong, Marie Tonette Marticio, and Minerva Newman 

At least 13 new fatalities were recorded in Southern Luzon and Visayas islands due to tropical storm “Ursula” bringing the death toll to 41, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.

A resident looks at a house damaged at the height of Typhoon Phanfone in Tacloban, Leyte province in the central Philippines on December 25, 2019. - Typhoon Phanfone pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet and miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. (Photo by Bobbie ALOTA / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
A resident looks at a house damaged at the height of Typhoon Phanfone in Tacloban, Leyte province in the central Philippines on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Bobbie ALOTA / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said seven new fatalities were re­ported in Mimaropa (Region 4B) – five of which were in Oriental Mindoro, while two were in Occidental Mindoro.

Eastern Samar’s death count jumped to five on Saturday. Five persons also per­ished in Leyte, up from its previous list of two deaths.

In Aklan, there were three recorded deaths, higher than its previous record of two. Ursula’s damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Southern Lu­zon and the entire Visayas has bal­looned to P1,074,292,945.

The agriculture industry in Re­gion 6 continued to be the most af­fected as it suffered P595,300,804 worth of damages.

In Iloilo alone, farmers and fishermen lost over P168 million in its fisheries sector, P10.4 million in high-value crops, and more than P9 million in its rice produce.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7) re­ported an estimated P14.98-million damage to the fishery sector in Cen­tral Visayas with the seaweed (Guzo) farms in northern Cebu experiencing the most damage.

“About 8.5 hectares of Guzo farms on Bantayan Island, Daanban­tayan, Medellin, and San Remigio towns and Bogo City were affected,” BFAR-7 regional information of­ficer Alma Saavedra told Manila Bulletin.

He added that there were 119 motorized fishing boats and 12 bancas damaged by TS Ursula affect­ing about 255 fisher folks from the towns of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remi­gio, Tabogon, Compostela, Asturias, and Bogo City.

Saavedra added that BFAR’s Multi-Species Hatchery facility located at a coastal community in Barangay Kawit, Medellin, Cebu, was destroyed with an estimated damage at P1.2 million which was 90 percent of its structure.

NDRRMC spokesman Mark Tim­bal said they were hoping that there will be no more fatalities as all the affected regions have reported the extent of damage by Ursula in their areas.

“We’re hoping na hindi na mad­agdagan kasi nakapagreport na lahat ng regions ng mga status nila (We’re hoping that [the casualties] will no longer increase because all the regions have sent their reports about their status),” Timbal told the Manila Bulletin.

Timbal said they have yet to lo­cate 12 people who went missing at the height of the cyclone early this week.

Of the missing, eight were re­corded in Region 6, and two each in Mimaropa and Region 8.

“Continuing pa

(Search and rescue operations are still continuing),” he said.

The number of injured persons also increased from two to 28 – 13 of which were in Region 6, 10 in Region 8, and five in Mimaropa.
Jalad said aid was continuously being provided to the affected re­gions to help residents recover from the devastation.

“Ursula” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning.

Bleak New Year

CAIBIRAN, Biliran – It’s going to be a bleak New Year’s celebration for some 4,000 families here whose houses were washed out by storm surge and damaged by the pounding winds and heavy rains brought by Ty­phoon “Ursula” on Christmas Eve.

Some locals made makeshift houses from the debris in order to have a temporary shelter.

Allan Almen, 56, a father of 10 in Brgy. Victory, was trying to remove nails from the wood of his nephew’s house washed out by a 4-meter storm surge.

Brgy. Victory was one of the worst hit when “Ursula” landed in the adjacent town of Cabucgayan. Based on the local government unit’s initial assessment, 622 houses were damaged, while 130 were destroyed. Some sitios remain isolated because of a damaged footbridge.

Almen said he will use whatever he could salvage so he could make a temporary shelter for his children.

He earns around P100 daily from fishing and now that his boat was also destroyed, he said, it would be difficult for him to feed his fam­ily because they consume at least a ganta of rice a day.

Mayor Rhodessa Delante Revita said they have initially recorded P38 million worth of damaged houses in coastal areas and upstream vil­lages.

They have an initial report of 3,300 damaged and over 500 de­stroyed houses in Brgys. Victory, Palengke, Asug, Binohangan, and Uson.

“The problem is that there are Yolanda victims who failed to re­ceive housing units and they are staying in our evacuation centers in the meantime. We are still arranging that they be allowed to occupy empty units in the NHA’s Yolanda housing project,” Revita said.

 
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