Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ damage hits P1-billion mark

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AURORA AFTER LABUYO. A handout photograph dated and released 13 August 2013 by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows areas affected by Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) in Aurora province, north of Manila, Philippines.TEXT: RAPPLER.COM / PHOTO BY EPA/NDRRMC
AURORA AFTER LABUYO. A handout photograph dated and released 13 August 2013 by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows areas affected by Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) in Aurora province, north of Manila, Philippines.TEXT: RAPPLER.COM / PHOTO BY EPA/NDRRMC

MANILA, 16Aug2013 (PNA) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday announced that damage to property from Typhoon “Labuyo” has reached the P1-billion mark.

This amount covers only the damage recorded in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera.

The NDRRMC said the damage amounted to P1,081,719,037.59, including P358,547,941.93 in infrastructure and P723,171,095.66 in agriculture.

The NDRRMC said Ilocos sustained P613,680 in damage, Cagayan Valley P417,998,472.50, Central Luzon P421,653,318.88, and Cordillera P241,453,386.21.

“Labuyo” left at least eight dead, seven injured, and four missing.

At least 84,571 families or 383,540 were affected in 666 villages in 87 towns and six cities in 16 provinces.

Of these, 53 families or 203 people are still staying in two evacuation centers.

As of Friday, the NDRRMC said only Barangay Bulawon in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales was still flooded.

Placed under a state of calamity were:

– Zambales: Candelaria, Sta. Cruz, Masinloc towns

– Quirino province

– Aurora: Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag towns

At least 2,556 houses were destroyed, while 17,580 were damaged.

Some 15 roads, including 11 in Cordillera and two in Central Luzon, were still impassable. Also impassable was one bridge in Isabela.

Parts of Masinloc and Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City are still experiencing power outages. (PNA)

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