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‘Yolanda’ farm, infra damage now at P39.821B

The cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure from supertyphoon “Yolanda” which pummeled Visayas last year rose to P39.821 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday morning.

Farm damage accounted for P20.262 billion while infrastructure damage was pegged at P19.559 billion.

The crops subsector which includes rice, corn, and high value crops suffered the biggest loss at P9.491 billion.

Damage to fisheries totaled to P5.997 billion while production damage to livestock has reached P2.89 billion.

Losses from irrigation facilities and other agricultural infrastructure amounted to P231 million and P1.652 billion, respectively.

Road damage was pegged at P15.747 billion; flood control at P230.393 million; health facilies at P1.272 billion; and schools at P2.31 billion.

The number of damaged houses remained at 1.14 million, nearly half of which were totally destroyed.

The death toll remained at 6,201.

The number of people injured and missing also remained at 28,626 and 1,785, respectively.

Affected cities: 57
affected provinces: 44
number of people/families affected: 16.078 million people/ 3.424 million families
number of people displaced: 4.095 million people/ 890,895 families
in evacuation centers: 20,949 families/ 101,527 people

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, non-government units, and local government units, to date, have provided a total of P1.26 billion worth of relief assistance. (Jomari Guillermo)