ZAMBOANGA CITY – About P40 million worth of infrastructure projects and aquaculture products were destroyed in Sulu province due to the strong rains, winds, and waves brought by the low-pressure area (LPA) that hit the province from Sunday until Monday.
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said, on Tuesday, enumerators of the provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) have completed their tagging of victims of the weather disturbance that hit the province Sunday until Monday morning.
Tan said most of those who were left homeless were now staying with relatives in the province, and only about 2,527 people have remained at the evacuation centers in five towns.
He said the weather disturbance affected many houses in coastal villages.
The weather disturbance also destroyed the Bandang Bridge in Talipao, Sulu affecting towns located at the eastern parts of the province.
The bridge remained impassable to motorists who are seeking entry to the capital town of Jolo, the center of trade and commerce of the province, Tan said.
He said alternative routes that could be used by motorists to seek entry to Jolo would be through Danag, Taglibi in Patikul town or in Maimbung town.
Also severely damaged were footbridges, seaweeds dryers and fish landing sites located in the five towns in the province, the Sulu governor reported.
He said food packs, mosquito nets, blanket, and plastic mats are now being readied by volunteers of the PSWD to address the requirement of those who opted to remain at the evacuation centers.
According to Tan the PSWD will continue to address the food requirement of the evacuees particularly rice.
He added that he already ordered the purchase of government rice from the food agency of the government, including canned goods.