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Lando’s damages exceed Php9-B mark

City Mayor Pablo Ortega inspects the part of the seawall that collapse and destroy by strong waves brought by Typhoon Lando, Monday morning (October 19, 2015). The seawall protects the houses near the seashore at Barangay Ilocanos Norte in San Fernando City, La Union. Photo by VIC ALHAMBRA, JR.

MANILA — Damage caused by Typhoon “Lando” to agriculture and infrastructure in Central and Northern Luzon has exceeded the Php9-billion mark, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

This can be broken down into Php 8,242,946,236 worth of agricultural crops and livestocks and Php1,185,859,431 in infrastructure, including 92 road sections and 11 bridges.

A total of 741 schools in provinces across Luzon were destroyed or damaged by “Lando”.

This can be broken down into 240 schools completely destroyed and 511 were partially damaged.

Likewise, 26,124 houses were damaged in Central and Northern Luzon, particularly in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Quezon, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.

The NDRRMC expects the damage to go higher once it completes its assessment of areas hit by the typhoon in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A and in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Latest data released by the NDRRMC also show that a total of 295,835 families or 1,407,805 persons were affected by Lando. Of the total number, 108,688 individuals are still housed in government-run evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC recorded 498 incidents, mostly flooding, during the onslaught of the typhoon.

Flooding was reported in 479 towns and municipalities in the provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Cagayan and Benguet.

While power has been restored in most of the areas battered by the typhoon, at least five cities and 52 municipalities were still experiencing power outages.

The NDRRMC said its death toll count has also increased to 46, while 82 persons were injured, and five still missing.

Devastation caused by “Lando” has also prompted the following provincial and local government units to declare a state of calamity:

Isabela and Aurora provinces; Ilagan City in Isabela; Arayat in Pampanga; Supon, Ilocos Sur; Calumpit, Bulacan; Infanta and General Nakar in Quezon; Camiling and Ramos in Tarlac. Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA

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