Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

“Karen” leaves over P670M damage to agri, infra in Bicol

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) –Typhoon Karen has brought damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the Bicol region amounting to over P670 million as based on the data collated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) today.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol has reported total amount of damage to the agriculture sector amounting to P653, 884,654.77 with 17, 996 affected farmers from some 23,485 total affected land area.

Mostly damaged are rice commodities at maturity stage pegged at P411, 879,953.74 followed by high value crops damaged by flooding and strong winds at P201, 352, 416.03, corn at reproductive and maturity stage at P40, 528,035.00 and livestock at P124, 250.00.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol on the other hand reported infra damage in Catanduanes estimated at P12, 317,500.00 for national projects such as roads, bridges and other structures and P8,000,000.00 for local infra due to damaged spillway in Brgy. Sagrada, Bagamanoc.

As reported by the Department of Social Work and Development, 35 families or 149 persons are still in the evacuation centers as of 9:00am today. A total of 14, 801 with 24, 528 persons were affected and utilized 340 evacuation centers all over the region with initial assistance given amounting to P487, 659.00.

A total of 91 houses have been partially damaged, 88 of which are in Camarines Sur and three in Catanduanes.

As to reports of casualties during the onslaught of typhoon Karen, the Department of Interior and Local Government has validated that the deaths are not typhoon related. Moreover three persons are still reportedly missing in Viga, Catanduanes. They are Zaldy de Jesus, Luis Tubig and Rene del Valle.

OCD Bicol Chief Rafael Alejandro said all national roads in the region are passable, with water supply back to normal while power restoration still ongoing in some parts of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Seaport and airport trips likewise resumed operations.

As Karen exit over the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) today, typhoon Lawin has entered and is moving in a West Northwest direction.

Typhoon signal #1 is hoisted as of 11:00 am today in Catanduanes including Cagayan, Calayan group of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Aurora and Polilio Islands. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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