By Martin Sadongdong
As the rains stopped and the floods subsided, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) provided on Sunday the details of the devastating effects of severe tropical storm “Ineng” in northern Luzon, especially in Ilocos Norte, as it registered a total of P282 million worth of damages in infrastructure and agriculture.
NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said nine roads and slope protections, four bridges and two flood control structures were damaged in 12 villages in Ilocos Norte.
The cost of damages in infrastructures was pegged at P263 million.
A slope protection structure in Barangay Payac to Alao-ao had the highest cost of damage at P150 million after it got destroyed due to soil erosion.
Most of the structures will have to undergo rehabilitation including the damaged bridge at Vintar-Tamdagan-Tungel provincial road in Barangay Tamdagan, Vintar and two flood control sites in Barangay Parado and Sagpatan in Dingras town.
Meanwhile, Jalad said a total of P19,571,654.95 damage to agriculture was noted in Ilocos Region.
Most affected were the rice fields in northern Luzon as Ineng drowned P14,954,521.60 worth of rice commodities.
Meanwhile, the damage to fisheries was placed at P2,398,735.
Other affected areas were livestock (P1,541,111.35), high-value commercial crops (P511,537) and corn (P165,750).
Earlier, the NDRRMC said two persons died due to Ineng.
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The first fatality was identified as Ricky Manglanlan, of Brgy. 16, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. He was taken by a strong current of floodwaters after rescuing a family in a low-lying area in their village.
On Sunday, Jalad confirmed the identity of the second fatality as 17-year-old Pauleen Joy Corpuz.
According to Jalad, Corpuz got trapped in their house in Brgy. Sta. Catalina, Pasuquin after it was hit by a landslide around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Two other individuals were injured due to a landslide in Brgy. Surong also in Pasuquin town. They were siblings Princess Shalane Trumpo, 11, and her younger brother John Lloyd, 9.
A total of 4,595 families or 18,845 families were affected by the heavy rains and deep floods caused by Ineng in 13 cities and municipalities in Ilocos Norte.
Meanwhile, the rains and floods added to the woes of 35 families or 103 persons in the quake-hit island-town of Itbayat in Batanes.
The 505th Search and Rescue Squadron of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was deployed in flooded areas in Ilocos Norte for continuous search and rescue operations.
Ineng left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday night.