By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that more than 170,000 farmers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) alone were affected by super typhoon “Ompong” which battered Northern and Central Luzon over the weekend.
The NDRRMC made the statement even as it reported that close to P3 billion worth of damages to crops has also been registered in CAR.
The NDRRMC said that based on their latest figure, a total of 171,932 farmers from CAR were hardest hit by Ompong.
The NDRRMC also said that as of 6 p.m. Monday, the total damages to crops in CAR have reached P2, 869,841,107.61
Of the figure, P1, 794,940,838.63 is for corn, P390, 457,194.28 for rice, P612, 652,354.70 for HVCC (high value commercial crops), P5, 508,250.00 for livestock and poultry and P66, 282,470.00 for agricultural infrastructure.
It added that a total of 214 road sections and five bridges were affected in Regions 1, 2, CAR and 5. Of which, a total of 95 road sections and one bridge were reported passable as of Sunday.
A total of 229 areas were reported flooded in Region 1, 3, and CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) as of September 16, 2018. Of the figure, floods in 35 areas have already subsided.
A total of 879 houses were damaged (92 totally and 787 partially) in Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR.
A total of P29, 725,233.84 worth of assistance from the Office of Civil Defense and other government agencies was provided to the affected areas.
Damages to infrastructure have yet to be determined by the council.
Meanwhile, NDRRMC spokesman Director Edgar Posadas said eight persons have been confirmed killed as a result of “Ompong.”
Posadas disclosed that as per verification or validation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), two persons were also confirmed missing.
He said one was confirmed killed in Region 1, one from Region 2, and six from CAR.
Posadas said the DILG is also expected to send an additional list of casualties in the next few hours.
The NDRRMC spokesman also said 56 reported deaths, mostly from CAR, have also yet to be validated by the DILG.
Aside from the number of deaths, Posadas said they are still verifying the number of persons missing (53) and those injured (32).