THE province of Cagayan lost at least P86 million worth of crops and infrastructure to the recent onslaught of Typhoon Vinta.
The Cagayan provincial climate change and disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC) said more than 100,000 people were affected. Initial assess-ment showed that damages to infrastructure, including roads and bridges, reached P48.6 million.
The agriculture sector sustained P38.11 million worth of damages which include rice, corn and fruit crops as well as fishery products. Damaged palay was pegged at P26.9 million.
Cagayan Provincial Informa-tion Officer Ophelia Parallag said the amount may increase since they have yet to finish their damage assessment.
“Based on our initial assess-ment, it is most likely that the provincial government will declare a state of calamity throughout the province, owing to the extent of damage caused by the typhoon,” Parallag said.
Disaster management council officials said the towns of Aparri, Gonzaga, Camalaniugan, Santa Teresita, Santa Ana and Buguey were the hard-hit areas in Cagayan.