'Ofel' damages reach P55M-A A +A
Monday, October 29, 2012
MANILA -- The cost of damages to property left by Tropical Storm "Ofel" has amounted to more than P55 million, the state disaster agency said Monday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said an estimated amount of P55.3-million damages to infrastructure and agriculture was reported in the Mimaropa and Bicol regions.
The agency added that as of Sunday, a total of 2,525 houses were reportedly damaged by Ofel, 198 of which were totally ruined.
Also as of Sunday, a total of six roads and seven bridges in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol are not passable.
The NDRRMC said Ofel affected a total of 23,439 families or 108,021 persons. Of this figure, about 2,086 families are currently staying inside four evacuation centers.
Ofel, the 15th storm to enter the Philippines this year, left the country with 27 fatalities, nine missing, and 19 injured individuals.
Four areas are still under state of calamity including Lobo, Batangas; Oriental Mindoro province, and the municipalities of Buug and Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)