The cost of damage to country’s agriculture and infrastructure due to the continuous rains has reached P72.747 million, according to the data released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Thursday.
According to its “Situation Report Number 7 Effects of Continuous Rains and Thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)”, agricultural damage which was mainly due to destroyed irrigation systems in Negros Occidental accounted for P37.732 million while the amount of damaged infrastructure totaled to P35.015 million.
Five hectares of rice fields, 9 hectares of banana, coconut, and fruit trees, and an irrigation system were also damaged in Ilo-ilo.
The National bridge in Bugcaon, Lantapan, Bukidnon and the Kudyawan bridge in Negros Occidental were also destroyed.
A total of 138,195 people or 31,223 families in seven provinces were affected. Of which 5,912 families or 26,828 people are still in 46 evacuation centers.
The heavy rains which was aggravated by the rising tide caused floodings in several areas in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and SOCCSKSARGEN.
Furthermore, a landslide was recorded in Sultan Kudarat and Zamboanga Sibugay last Saturday and Sunday.
Death toll which was mainly due to drowning and flashfloods rose to 13.
The number of damaged houses has also risen to 743, 127 of which were totally destroyed.
Two bridges, four roads, and seven barangays in Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay are still not passable.
As of 5p.m. last Saturday, Canatuan-Siocon Road and Canatuan-Malusok Bridge in Zamboanga del Norte and Barangay Bangco in Zamboanga Sibugay are already passable to all types of vehicles.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units have so far provided a total of P3.27 million worth of relief assistance.
The municipalities of Bayawan in Negros Oriental and Ilog in Negros Occidental were declared under state of calamity through SB Resolution No. 2013-207.