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"Pepeng" leaves P201-M damages in Abra

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (10 September) -- The Abra Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) came up with cost damages in the province wrought by supertyphoon "pepeng" estimated at P201,278,154.13 as of 4:00PM of October 8, 2009.

The cost estimate of losses involves damages to infrastructure, agriculture to include damages to agriculture lands, crops, fisheries and livestock, as well as housing in 23 municipalities.

Based on PDCC report, a total of 16,535 families or 84,805 individuals in 195 out of 303 barangays province-wide were directly affected by the supertyphoon. Of these, 193 families were served in evacuation centers. A total of 5,176 families mostly located along the riverbanks were also served outside of evacuation centers in 11 municipalities.

Losses in infrastructures particularly national and provincial roads were estimated at P9.8 M. Damages include road cuts due to landslides and erosion of road shoulders and reinforcement concrete pipes and ripraps on road shoulders.

Damages to agriculture include damages to crops most especially palay which are already on their flowering stages, fisheries, livestock like carabao, goat, swine and poultry, as well as damages to agricultural lands. The cost estimates do not yet include the damages incurred in communal irrigation systems of which the National Irrigation Administration is still trying to establish.

The Abra Electric Cooperative, though, it has already restored power in 60% of its service area, has estimated P14,477.836.13 cost of damages. This could still increase as its personnel continue to conduct pole to pole monitoring. Because of this, they appealed to the public to inform them of the exact location where electric posts have been felled to facilitate the rehabilitation of the damages and be able to restore the power supply in their respective areas.

As a preventive and preparedness measure, the PDCC conducted early warning signals to people in flood-prone barangays through the help of the local media and the Association of Barangay Captains. Preemptive evacuation were likewise carried out.

As a quick response mechanism of the PDCC, it had distributed emergency relief of food stuff to the affected individuals. The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) immediately issued authority to the National Food Authority here to issue 600 bags of rice to the PDCC for relief operations.

Aside from the relief operations, the national and provincial engineering offices have fielded their men and equipments to the major road networks particularly the Abra-Ilocos Sur National Road to keep the roads open to vehicular traffic for emergencies and to pave the way to necessary assistance should the need arises.

Provincial Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin also provided cellcards to the members of the PDCC involved in the operations during the height of the supertyphoon to facilitate communication for monitoring and reporting purposes. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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