• Damage from ‘Yolanda’ hits P35.5B – NDRRMC


    THE damage caused by super typhoon Yolanda to infrastructures and agriculture continues to rise reaching the P35.5-billion mark, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Sunday.

    The damage to infrastructure is P18.2 billion while P17.3 in the agriculture sector.

    The additional damage in agriculture was at P7.2 billion in crops including rice and corn, the agency added.

    The government’s assistance for affected people has reached P1 billion, the NDRRMC added.

    It said that Yolanda destroyed 551,991 houses and damaged 596,888 others.

    As of Sunday, the death toll remained at 5,796, with 27,022 injured and 1,779 still missing.

    The typhoon displaced 599,605 families or 12,265,259 people in 12,120 villages in 44 provinces. It displaced 853,634 families or 3,988,821 people.

    Of those displaced, 21,356 families or 103,494 people are staying in 385 evacuation centers.

    Moreover, Smart Communications’ cellular services were restored in Southern Leyte as of Sunday morning, the NDRRMC said.

    It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached at P999.437 million.

    The Department of Social and Welfare Development has allocated 730 million; local governments, P115.966 million; Department of Health, P95.963 million; and non-government organizations/other government organizations, P56.928 million.

    The NDRRMC said 35,395 people, 1,351 vehicles, 112 sea crafts, 162 aircraft and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations.


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