Typhoon ‘Vinta’ leaves P29-M Agri, infra damage in N. Luzon
November 2, 2013 (updated)
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte – The damage left by Typhoon “Vinta” on agriculture and infrastructure from the five provinces in Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has reached P29 million, according to the latest report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) here.
As of yesterday, Undersecretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario, executive director of the NDRRMC, said the typhoon has affected a total of 24,123 families consisting of 104,429 individuals from the 203 barangays in 26 towns and one city from the five provinces in Regions 1, 2, and CAR.
Of the total affected families, a total of 299, comprising 1,794 individuals, were displaced and staying outside the evacuation centers. The rest are staying in evacuation centers.
Del Rosario said all affected families are being given relief assistance by the national government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government units (LGUs).
Fortunately, he said no fatality was caused by Typhoon “Vinta,” with only one fisherman reported missing. One Loridel Baldos, 30, a resident of Barangay Quidoen, San Juan, Abra province went missing early Friday during the onset of Typhoon “Vinta” after he was taken by strong current while fishing in Abra River.
At least 14,911 houses were also reported destroyed due to Typhoon “Vinta” in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, and Apayao.
From the total houses destroyed, 1,737 were totally damaged while 13,174 were partially damaged.
The NDRRMC said from the P29.8 million worth of damage reported, P1.3 million was from destroyed infrastructure and P28.5 million from agricultural losses in Regions 1 and 2.
A total of 16 persons on board two motorized bancas were stranded along the coastal areas in Barangay San Vicente, Santa Ana, Cagayan and Aparri, Cagayan due to Typhoon “Vinta.”
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that these stranded residents are temporarily staying in their relatives’ houses near the shorelines.
Meanwhile, local officials are looking at the possibility of declaring a state of calamity in the province of Cagayan due to the effects of Typhoon “Vinta.”
Cagayan’s Information Officer Ofelia Parallag said she will ask the members of the provincial board to pass a resolution declaring Cagayan as under a state of calamity due to the volume and hectarage of rice, corn and vegetables damaged by the strong winds brought out by the typhoon.