NDRRMC: ‘Florita’ infra damage exceeds P571 million

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MANILA – Damages to infrastructure caused by Tropical Storm Florita have reached PHP571.1 million.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) update, the amount covers PHP546.7 million in Ilocos Region and PHP24.4 million in Cagayan Valley.

Agriculture damage was estimated at PHP13.03 million in Ilocos Region while irrigation system damage was placed at PHP10.85 million in Calabarzon.

There were 95 damaged houses reported in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Approximately 81 of these houses were classified as “partially damaged” while 14 were considered as “totally damaged”.

The number of affected families has reached 32,351 which is equivalent to 131,235 persons residing in 515 barangays (villages) in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, National Capital Region and the CAR.

Only 294 families or 1,013 individuals are being assisted in 21 evacuation centers, while the rest have either returned home or sought refuge with friends and relatives.

There have been two confirmed fatalities, one each in Ilocos Region and the CAR. Three confirmed injuries occurred in Cagayan Valley.

In Bicol, reports of one death and one injured are undergoing verification.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.