'Ofel' damage cost jumps to P155M-A A +A
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
MANILA -- The cost of damages left by Tropical Storm "Ofel" in the country has now jumped over a hundred million pesos, the state disaster agency said Tuesday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the amount of damages in the Mimaropa and Bicol regions was estimated to be P155,134,787.50.
Of the said figure, about P65.9 million was the cost of damages to infrastructure while P89.2 million was the reported loss in agriculture.
A total of 2,539 houses were damaged, 198 of which were destroyed.
The NDRMMC said Ofel's death toll remained at 27 while nine others are still missing.
About 23,798 families or 109,803 people were affected by the tropical storm. Of this number, 466 families or 2,247 people are staying in five evacuation centers.
As of Tuesday, the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite remain flooded while a total of six roads and seven bridges in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol are still not passable.
Still under state of calamity are the province of Oriental Mindoro, the towns of Buug and Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay, and the town of Bonifacio in Misamis Occidental. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)