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Monday, April 15, 2024

‘Ineng’ steady; Storms cost PH P1.3b

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TROPICAL depression “Ineng” continued to enhance the southwest monsoon (“habagat”) as it maintained its strength while moving northeastward.

The enhanced habagat will bring occasional monsoon rains over the western portions of Luzon in the next three days, the state weather bureau said.

As this developed, the combined amount of damage to agriculture and infrastructure caused by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoons Goring and Hanna has exceeded the P1.3-billion mark, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday.

In its latest disaster bulletin, the agency said agricultural damage was estimated at P623.8 million in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Some 17,801 farmers and fisherfolks were affected.

Meanwhile, infrastructure damage was estimated at P727.2 million in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and Cordillera.

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A total of 1,378 houses were reported damaged in seven regions.

Meanwhile, affected families are at 140,095 which is equivalent to 514,016 persons residing in 1,757 barangays in eight regions.

One death has been confirmed in Western Visayas while report of another fatality in Cordillera and one missing person in Western Visayas is being validated.

Power interruptions were still being experienced in three of the 48 affected areas in Western Visayas.

Water supply problems were also still reported in one of the three affected areas in the same region.


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