Damages caused by ‘Yolanda’ now at P36.69B


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday announced that the damages caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” to properties and infrastructures has hit the P36.69 billion mark.

Damage to agriculture was estimated at P18,354,305,869.88, including P7,634,314,370.29 in crops, P5,964,666,346.39 in fisheries and P2,890,222,123.22 in livestock.

While damage to infrastructure was estimated at P18,336,576,627.39 which includes Roads/Bridges and other structures with P14,523,925,177.39 and health facilities with P1.272,434,800.

NDDRMC said that as of Dec. 21, the Task Force distribution for water and foods has distributed a total of 3,344,110 food/rice packs, 532,286L of water, 109,601 canned goods, and 244,444 high energy biscuits were provided in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay City and other municipalities in Leyte Province, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, and Southern Leyte.

As of Monday, the death toll remained at 6,109, with 27,665 injured and 1,779 still missing.

“Yolanda” affected 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces were affected, while 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced.

Of those displaced, 20,949 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC said the number of destroyed houses has reached 1,140,332 including 550,928 destroyed and 589,404 damaged.

It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.218 billion.

The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P867 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department of Health (DOH), P177 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,489 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 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. PNA


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