‘Lawin’s’ damage reaches P657M
Disaster authorities on Saturday put the damage caused by supertyphoon “Lawin” in four affected regions at over P657 million — P581.9 million for infrastructure and P75.8 million for agriculture.
The estimate was based on aerial assessments and could increase as more information from authorities on the ground come in.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also said a total of 29,533 families or 116,826 persons were accommodated in 1,095 evacuation centers in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). These included evacuees from communities near river systems, particularly in Bataan and Pampanga.
Reports coming into the NDRRMC said water levels in 118 barangays in Pangasinan, Bataan and Pampanga continued to subside. As of 6 a.m. yesterday, several dams released water to maintain normal water levels. These included Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque and Magat.
Clearing operations in road sections and bridges were ongoing as well as restoration of power supply and communication lines, reports added.
Power interruptions were still being experienced in 160 cities and municipalities in the four affected regions.
Cellular lines have been restored, except for Internet and landline services in most areas in Ilocos Norte, while intermittent signals were experienced in Cagayan, Isabela and Ilocos Sur.
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