Infra damage from southwest monsoon now at P23.95 M
The cost of damage to the country’s infrastructure brought by the southwest monsoon has reached P23.95 million as 55 areas in Central Luzon and Calabarzon remain flooded, according to the latest data released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Based on NDRRMC’s “Situation Report Number 5 Effects of Southwest Monsoon,” death toll remains at 30 while six were injured and two missing after 9 landslides, one storm surge, and five flashfloods that were recorded in Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Palawan, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro.
NDRRMC also reported that the Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana Road Candaba Section in Pampanga remains impassable while half lane of the Batangas-Tabangao-Lobo Road in Brgy. Banalo, Batangas are already passable.
Damaged houses in the affected areas totaled to 88, of which 33 are totally destroyed. On the other hand, power interruptions were reportedly experienced in Coron and Busuanga in Palawan.
A total of 91,502 families or 430,563 people in the 6 provinces were affected. Of which, 4,869 families or 20,753 people are still in 101 evacuation centers.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), local government units, and nongovernment organizations has now provided a total of P3.155 million worth of assistance.
Meanwhile, the municipality of Busuanga, Palawan and Olongapo City in Zambales were declared under state of calamity through Resolution No. 32 S.2013. — (Jomari D. Guillermo)