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Damage from 'Urduja' reaches P1B.

By Francis Wakefield

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday said that more than P1 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture products were destroyed due to the effects of Tropical Storm Urduja, which battered the southern part of the country.

Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator, said, based on their latest figures highlighting the damages brought by the weather disturbance, a total of P1,018,523,982 worth of infrastructure and agriculture were destroyed in Region V, VII, VIII, XI.

Of the total, P543, 220, 000 worth of damage was registered in the infrastructure side in Regions V, VIII and XI.

On the agriculture side, Jalad said a total of P475, 303, 982.02 worth of damages to agriculture was incurred in Regions V, VII and VIII.

Jalad said data showed corn, rice, crops and even livestock products among the agriculture products destroyed.

Jalad said a total of 171 houses in Regions V, VIII and Caraga were also destroyed by Urduja.

A total of 11 road sections and seven bridges in Regions MIMAROPA, V and VIII are now impassable.

He said a total of three municipalities in Region VIII were affected by water shortage caused by the typhoon. These are the municipalities of Giporlos and Balangiga in Eastern Samar, and Lope de Vega in Northern Samar.

Jalad said a total of 328 areas in Regions MIMAROPA, VI, VIII and 40 areas in Region VI and VIII were reported flooded.

The NDRRMC said, based on reports, there are 41 people killed, 64 injured, and 45 missing.

A total of 281,902 families or 1,090,725 persons were affected in 1,706 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, V, VI, VII, VIII and CARAGA.

Of the total, 55,029 families or 224,908 persons are currently being served inside and outside evacuation centers.

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The Caraycaray Bridge in Biliran is impassable after it was destroyed when Typhoon Urduja ravaged some parts of Eastern and Western Visayas as it made its landfall on December 16, Saturday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then visited the hard-hit areas on December 18, 2017. (ROBINSON NIAaAaAeAeAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETI

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