Infra, agri losses from shear line-induced rains near P1.4-B

By Priam Nepomuceno

January 3, 2023, 9:19 am

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of Kalibo MSWDO)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of Kalibo MSWDO)

MANILA – Losses incurred by infrastructure and agriculture from heavy rains and floods due to the shear line have reached around PHP1.38 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Tuesday.

In its situation update, the agency said this included PHP1.14 billion worth of losses to infrastructure and some PHP245 million worth of damage to agriculture in the regions of Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga.

Meanwhile, damaged houses were placed at 5,540 in Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

"Partially damaged" houses were placed at 3,704 while "totally damaged" was at 836.

The number of reported fatalities remained at 51, 13 of whom have been confirmed as of this posting.

The number of injured is at 16, with only two validated while the number of reported missing is 19, seven of whom have been confirmed.

Affected families were placed at 150,480 or 597,858 persons in 10 regions.

Families still sheltering in 78 evacuation centers are placed at 2,811 or 8,666 persons. (PNA)