Saturday , June 23, 2018

Life in typhoon-ravaged Pangasinan returns to normal

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Life in the whole province of Pangasinan has already returned to normal, more than a week after the province was whipped by Typhoon Lando.

The nightmare that the howler had caused though was quite telling, as it left damages that already reached P2.9 billion to date and still counting, according to a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as of October 26.

The report showed the biggest damage to the province was on agriculture, which so far amounted to P2,330,360,097.

Damages were incurred in maturing and ripening palay that were soaked in water, high-value crops of different varieties, and fisheries. Fish in captivity escaped from pens and cages and others had to be harvested prematurely.

The City of Dagupan, which is a separate political entity from Pangasinan, reported P28 million damages, at least P3 million of which on high-value fishes, and P9 million from rice that were swept away by the flood.

The other damages in Pangasinan were on infrastructures, including roads that were scoured, washed out by rampaging flood waters, and developed pot holes due to prolonged heavy rains, bridges, and public buildings, among others.

Initial damages to houses that were destroyed were placed at P166.2 million.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. was bent on recommending to the Provincial Board to appropriate additional P50 million to P60 million in the regular agricultural budget of the Province to fund the rehabilitation of damaged crops and farmlands.

Meanwhile, classes in all levels have finally resumed after one week of being suspended because of the typhoon and its aftermath.

At the same time, all the evacuees that reached a total of 2,300 families at the height of the typhoon have returned to their homes.

The PDRRMO said that as of Monday, the number of fatalities as a result of Typhoon Lando has risen to 12, with the number of injured now standing at 16.

Flood has also receded in all areas, except in some villages and sitios of Calasiao town whose roads are still not passable due to a few inches of water. (PNA)