Baguio logs P25-M structural damage, 1 death from ‘habagat’ enhanced by ‘Fabian’

Published August 1, 2021, 4:51 PM

by Comanda Rizaldy C.

BAGUIO CITY – The city government logged more than P25 million in structural damages and one killed and four injured due to heavy monsoon (“habagat”) rains enhanced by typhoon “Fabian” from July 19 to 28.

Officer II Louie Glen Lardizabal of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said privately owned structures sustained P9,060,000 in damages. On the other hand, public structures sustained double the damage at P16,653,000.

Lardizabal said these are just rough estimates from a Risk Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) conducted by the CDRRMO in collaboration with the offices of the city engineer, buildings and architecture, environment and parks management, and social welfare and development.

RDANA is still ongoing since many incidents are still unreported, Lardizabal added.

In its July 29 situational report, the CDRRMO revealed that the continuous heavy rains killed one person and injured three others and displaced 112 families composed of 474 individuals who took temporary shelter in evacuation centers and other facilities and were served by the CSWDO.

Another death was recorded although was not included in the data because the victim was a thief who slipped to his death escaping from the sixth floor of a hotel here.

The CDRRMO also disclosed that there was one stranded family; two totally and 50 partially damaged houses; 64 landslides and erosions; 37 fallen and leaning trees; three electrical problems; one leaning electrical post; eight flooding incidents; 14 eroded and collapsed ripraps; three damaged canals; one fence about to collapse, and one displaced manhole.

He said the CDRRMO has undertaken continuous response and inspection of all reported incidents and monitoring of road conditions leading to Baguio and other national roads in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways regional office.