Region 10 flood damages reach P600M
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- Region 10 suffered an estimated damage cost of P577.869 million due to the recent flashfloods and storm surges that occurred last January 3, 11 and 14, this year.
This was disclosed by Regional Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Region 10, who said their updated reports show that the highest amount of damage was on infrastructure, particularly, roads and bridges, P346.12 million.
Damage on agriculture is also estimated at Php176.799 million, crops at Php 117.318 million, livestock at P3.239 million and livelihood at P56.242 million as well as public school buildings at P34.231 million.
Also totally damaged were 2,111 houses while 5,955 others were partially damaged, both estimated at P20.719 million.
Lupo said the floods have affected all of the region's five province that includes four cities, Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog City, Iligan City and Oroquieta City, as well as 21 municipalities, 262 barangays (villages) and 41,349 families with 203,463 individuals.
There were also 22 dead, 4 injured and two still missing, as of press time.
So far, of the cumulative 125 evacuation centers put up for the flood victims, only seven has remained as of January 20, said Lupo, who is also the Executive Officer of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Region 10.
Meanwhile, he said the entire province of Misamis Oriental whose 21 municipalities have been affected by the flood have been declared under the state of calamity since January 15 that is still in effect up to now.
The other areas that have also been declared under the state of calamity and which are still in effect are Cagayan de Oro City, January 5, Linamon Lanao del Norte, January 14 and Gingoog City, January 16. (PIA-10) [top]