Typhoon "Pepeng" claims 199 lives, P272.79-M damages to roads and properties in Benguet
by SC Aro
La Trinidad, Benguet (17 October) -- Typhoon "Pepeng's" three-time comeback which mustered volumes of rainfall claimed 199 lives, and damaged millions-worth of properties, crops and road networks in the province, the hardest hit in the Cordillera Region.
The Benguet Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) chaired by Governor Nestor Fongwan issued a partial estimated damage cost to properties amounting to P272.794 million as of October 16, 2009.
PDCC partial reports recorded a total of 199 deaths and 17 still missing, 31,993 families and 150,558 individuals affected, and 284 totally damaged houses and 401 partially damaged houses.
The breakdown of the list of casualties are as follow La Trinidad with a total of 113, followed by Mankayan with 33, Itogon with 18, Tublay, 13; Tuba, 9; Buguias,5; Bakun, 4; Atok,3; and Sablan with 1.
Still missing are two each in Itogon and Buguias, four in Tuba, three each in Tublay and La Trinidad and one each in Atok and Kibungan.
Initial reports on the value of crops and agricultural production support facilities amounted to a total of P141.309 million broken down as crop damages amounting to P129.4 million, P1.7 million agricultural facilities, P10.142 million farm-to-market roads, and P65,000.00 irrigation systems.
Damages to school buildings including facilities amounted to P30.635 million, P29.945 million for classroom and P690,000.00 worth of furnitures, computers, books among others.
Damages to national roads totaled P67.35 million while irrigation and waterworks system amounted to P33.5 million.
Based on La Trinidad Municipal Police Station reports, casualties as to disaster site were as follows: Little Kibungan Village, Puguis - 75; Buyagan, Poblacion - 20; Busi, Beckel - 5; Upper Kesbeng, Poblacion - 4; Lamtang(Residence), Puguis - 3; Lamtang (Junkshop), Puguis - 2; and one each in Buyagan (Residence), Gayasi in Wangal, Km 3 Bell Church in Balili, and Lower Wangal.
List of houses damaged as follows: Little Kibunga Village, Puguis - 35; Buyagan, Poblacion - 8; Lamtang, Puguis - 5; Upper Kesbeng in Poblacion, Beckel, and Botiwtiw in Balili - 2 each. (PIA-Benguet) [top]