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Typhoon Pepeng leaves 3 dead, P168.4-M damages in Kalinga

by GG Dumallig

Tabuk City, Kalinga (17 October) -- The Kalinga Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) reported three deaths and damages on infrastructure and crops have risen to P168,413,344.35 with after Typhoon Pepeng hit the province for the second time last October 2.

Based on the October 10, 2009 PDCC consolidated report, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) provincial head and PDCC Coordinator Cristeta Reyes said that estimated infrastructure damages has reached P130,232,500 which covers damages on national, provincial and barangay roads, flood and river control structures, public and school buildings and water systems.

The Department of Agriculture also estimated P38,180,844.35 worth of damages on crops and farm lands.

These figures she said could still change, once the municipal reports will reach her office, saying that as of press time only the City of Tabuk submitted a complete damage report.

She said that the list of reported affected barangays now rose to 132 affecting at least 13,327 families. 71 houses were totally destroyed with 1,266 other houses reported as partially damaged.

Flooding in some areas of the province has also resulted to the evacuation of some 18,225 people where 3,904 were accommodated inside 13 identified evacuation centers in the province. Other displaced families opted to stay with relatives.

Meanwhile, to help the country cope with the devastation brought about by the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the national government continues to appeal for foreign assistance.

Latest of those who poured in for the typhoon victims in the Philippines is the remitted SEK 4.4 million to various charity organizations in Manila as donations from both Filipinos and expatriates in Sweden.

The Swedish Red Cross also donated SEK 2 million while the Swedish Pentecostal Mission and Development Cooperation Agency poured in SEK 2 million. The Swedish Civil Contingency Agency and the Swedish Mission Council donated SEK 420,000 and SEK 830,000, respectively. The Catholic Parish of Linkoping donated through the Caritas Manila a total of SEK 100,000. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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