Typhoon Santi leaves P3B damage, 13 dead-A A +A
Sunday, October 13, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The agriculture sector suffered almost P3 billion worth of damage from Typhoon Santi (international codename: Nari), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.
In its 6 p.m. update, the NDRRMC said the damage to agriculture in Aurora and Nueva Ecija alone amounted to P2,933,072,890.
Damage to crops reached P2,773,042,890; fishery sector, P2,530,000; and high-value crops P157,500,000.
The death toll remained at 13, while 32 were injured and seven are missing, the NDRRMC said.
The fatalities in six provinces included a man who was electrocuted, a police officer who was buried in a mudslide while waiting for deployment to a rescue mission in Pampanga province; two people who drowned in floodwaters; and six who were hit by falling trees. Two people were pinned down by collapsed wall. The cause of death of an unidentified person in Aurora has yet to be determined.
At least 61,442 or 289,438 people were affected in 351 villages in 50 towns and six cities in 11 provinces. Of these, 2,542 families or 11,078 people are being served in 65 evacuation centers.
At least 5,100 houses were destroyed and 19,101 were damaged in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Aurora and Pampanga.
Flooding was still reported in parts of Pampanga even as four roads and six bridges were affected in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Santi exited the Philippine area of responsibility early Sunday, but another typhoon is expected to enter the country by Monday morning, the state weather forecaster said.
Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said earlier Sunday that the weather agency is monitoring a typhoon internationally codenamed "Whipa" hovering off Pacific Ocean.
Once Whipa enters Philippines, it will be named "Tino," the third cyclone to visit the country this month and the 20th this year.
Wipha was estimated at 1,340 kilometers east of Northern Luzon as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
It carries maximum winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecast to move north northwest at 15 kph.
The new cyclone is expected to enter the PAR by Monday morning but Cada said the typhoon will only stay briefly and not hit land.
Pagasa said the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest to southeast over the rest of the country. Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough, the weather bureau said.
Malacanang assured the public on Sunday that quick response programs are already in place to prevent human casualties and minimize property damage once Wipha enters the country this week.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said that concerned government agencies have been preparing for another weather disturbance after Typhoon Santi left the country over the weekend.
She said the government is stepping up its disaster readiness and response programs to address the needs of the communities to be affected by "Wipha."
She also said that government agencies continue implementing contingency measures to help mitigate the impact of typhoon Santi
"Unfortunately, there were casualties from Santi and we sympathized with the families of the 13 casualties of this typhoon," Valte said.
She said the NDRRMC continues to assess the damages brought by Santi.
The government has already deployed personnel to help address power supply interruptions in the affected areas, she added. (JK/Virgil Lopez/Third Anne Peralta/SDR/Sunnex)