Ifugao suffers P70M in damages from typhoon "Hanna"
by Dan B. Codamon
LAGAWE, Ifugao (20 October) -- This province is currently declared under a state of calamity as it suffered more than P70 million worth of damages and destruction to lives, crops, properties and infrastructures brought about by typhoon "Hanna" last September 29 and 30.
This was gathered during the assessment meeting of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) here recently at Camp Joaquin Dunuan.
According to the PDCC consolidated report, the onslaught of the typhoon resulted to the destruction of agricultural crops worth P14.8 million, infrastructures costing more than P54 million, dwellings amounting to P.660 that affected 33 families and 191 persons adding to the nine deaths and two injured earlier reported.
Rice and corn suffered the greatest loss in the agricultural crops valued at more than P14 million followed by vegetable products amounting to P2 million.
The municipalities of Mayoyao and Alfonso Lista registered the highest damages in rice and corn worth P4.5 million each while Tinoc incurred the most loss in vegetable crops valued at P.5 million being a vegetable farming town.
In damages to dwellings and loss of lives, Hingyon suffered 9 dead and 2 injured as a result of a huge landslide with two totally damaged houses and one partially destroyed, Mayoyao with four totally damaged houses and one partially damaged, Kiangan one totally destroyed and one partially damaged and both Hungduan and Lagawe with two partially damaged houses each.
This brings to a total of 7 totally destroyed houses 6 partially damaged dwellings for the whole province.
For infrastructure, the PDCC noted P24.9 million damage to provincial roads, P4.5 million to national roads, P12.8 million to irrigation canals, P4.975 million to water systems, P.720 to bridges, P3.2 million to flood controls and P.5 million to a hospital for a total of more than P54 million.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has declared the province under the state of calamity to be able to utilize the calamity fund but also requested the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) for additional assistance as the calamity fund is inadequate.
Restoration and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructures, dwellings and crops has already been undertaken while awaiting the augmentation fund form the NDCC.
The PDCC was also able to extend relief and financial assistance to all the victims of the calamity that at least alleviated their immediate needs, pain and suffering while it still continue to monitor and gather more data from the disaster areas. (PIA Ifugao) [top]