By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo
NEARLY P400 million worth of agriculture and infrastructure were damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in the Visayas and Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
In its update, the NDRRMC said a total of P225,307,000 worth of infrastructure, including government facilities, flood control systems, bridges, health facilities and roads were destroyed by the typhoon. This also includes 6,184 residential houses.
In the agriculture sector, the bureau said a total of P162,878,949 was damaged, including 6,893.77 hectares of crops, 15 livestock and poultry and six agricultural infrastructure and equipment.
The NDRRMC said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), along with other concerned government agencies such as the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as electric companies, is continuously conducting clearing operations in affected areas, particularly in erecting or removing damaged electric posts and trees.
The DPWH also released P100-million funds for clearing operations.
The Department of Agriculture has also exhausted available resources and interventions to assist the affected sector.
The NDRRMC said a total of 304,837 families or 1,113,373 individuals have been affected by the weather disturbance in 3,238 barangays (villages).
It said a total of 481,196 persons were displaced in 2,526 evacuation centers activated in affected localities.
The NDRRMC earlier reported that 156 Odette-related deaths have been recorded in the Visayas and some parts of Mindanao.
The agency also recorded 58 flooded areas and 10 landslide incidents amid the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.
The NDRRMC said a total of four airports were reported to have remained non-operational due to the damage it incurred from the typhoon.
It said 122 ports were also reported non-operational or have suspended trips due to the effects of Odette, but 55 ports have resumed operations, particularly in Calabarzon, Bicol, Mimaropa, Central Luzon and Caraga. (SunStar Philippines)