By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — The rain-induced landslide incident that hit a mountainous village in Igbaras town, Iloilo province has incurred at least P29.3 million in damages.
Igbaras Mayor Vicente Escorpion Jr. said the biggest bulk of damages were in infrastructure, mostly houses and roads, which is pegged at P25.7 million.
On the other hand, the landslide damaged P3.6 million in the agricultural sector – mostly rice crops, fruit-bearing trees, livestock, and poultry.
Based on the data of the Igbaras Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, a total of 58 families or more than 220 people were displaced in Igpigus village. The landslide damaged 47 houses, of which 18 were totally buried.
Escorpion said majority of the families displaced are still temporarily staying in evacuation centers or homes of their relatives.
Relief operations are still ongoing.
The Iloilo Provincial Health Office and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC-Iloilo Chapter) have distributed hygiene kits. Other private groups have also donated food and clothing.
Meanwhile, the Igbaras local government is urging officials of Barangay Igpigus to submit the necessary documents so that the barangay could be placed under a state of calamity and funds can be utilized.