Typhoon Pepeng leaves 2 deaths, P171-M damages in Kalinga, Ifugao
Tabuk, Kalinga (10 September) -- Two persons died while three others were injured at the height of typhoon Pepeng that also left P68 million worth of damages in infrastructure and crops, reports from the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) showed.
The victims were identified as Glen Juan, 17, of Barangay Aciga, Pinukpuk who died from severe diarrhea in the aftermath of typhoon Pepeng and another unidentified victim who drowned in Barangay Taga of the same municipality.
The report showed an estimated P38,067,296 worth of damages on rice, corn and high-value commercial crops, while damages on roads, bridges, public buildings, schools and irrigation facilities is placed at P30M.
At the height of the typhoon, authorities evacuated 1063 families in the municipalities of Tabuk, Rizal and Pinukpuk to various evacuation centers to pre-empt further damage to life. The PDCC report showed 53,313 persons, 11,020 families in 122 barangays affected from the weeklong rains wrought by the weather disturbance in the province.
The report showed an initial P668,247 worth of relief goods and services coming from the provincial government, Office of the Congressman, local governments of Tabuk, Rizal, and Pinukpuk, Red Cross and from other private sources delivered to victims.
Typhoon Pepeng also rendered closed various road networks leading to the province. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Kalinga Engineering District (KED)sources said the Tabuk-Bontoc road is not passable due to slides, wash-outs and damaged bridges. Tabuk-Tuguegarao road, the main road network to Kalinga, is also closed due to the damaged Aliog bridge.
Motorists take a longer route passing through Barangay Bulu going to Tuguegarao, Cagayan. DPWH-KED said it will take sometime before the bridge can be restored.
Meanwhile, in the province of Ifugao, damages to crops and infrastructure left by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng is estimated at P103,614,510.00.
The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) reported that infrastructure damages reached a total of P100M including provincial and national roads, and flood controls in the different towns here. Several landslides also rendered the roads linking Kiangan to Tinoc and Banaue to Mayoyao not passable.
Engr Orlando Sarol and Engr Noli Tayaban from the Provincial Engineering Office said that most of the damages in provincial roads are eroded road shoulders.
The typhoons also left P2,629,510.00 worth of damages to agriculture. Provincial Disaster Officer Marcela Cortez said that agricultural crops destroyed by typhoon Pepeng were palay, banana, snap beans, corn, papaya and sweet pepper.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also monitored prices of goods. Accordingly there was no increase in the prices of basic commodities here.
Ms Miriam Baguidudol, the head of the Provincial Sustainable Development Division here said that the local disaster councils both at the provincial and municipal levels were activated and ready to respond to any disaster related incidents.
With the preparedness and alertness of all concerned, there was no casualty this time, Baguidudol said. (PIA) [top]