MANILA, Philippines – The province of Oriental Mindoro suffered more than P4 billion worth of damage due to Typhoon Nona (Melor), Governor Alfonso Umali Jr reported on Wednesday, December 23.
Umali joined President Benigno Aquino III at a briefing held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.
Typhoon Nona made its 5th landfall over Pinamalayan at 10:30 am on December 15.
422,495 individuals from 95,651 families were affected, with 14,394 people still in 60 evacuation centers within the province, said Governor Umali.
Infrastructure damage affecting roads, bridges, flood control projects, public buildings, and other public works was estimated at P1.5 billion.
Umali reported 76,542 damaged houses, with 30,064 totally damaged and 46,478 partially damaged.
Losses and damage to agriculture in Oriental Mindoro was estimated at P2.9 billion: P2.7 million in crops, P264 million in livestock, and P28.1 million in fisheries.
The power sector suffered P290 million worth of damage. This excludes a local mini hydropower plant, which may require P250 million to restore.
The provincial government started relief operations last December 18, and was able to deliver 20,648 relief packs. Some 7,000 relief packs as well as other donations were received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Local personnel from the Department of Health also provided assistance to hospitals in the area.
Umali thanked officials and employees of Meralco for their immediate response.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa Meralco dahil sila ho ang unang-unang tumugon at dumating dito at tumutulong po sila. Ang pangako po nila sa amin before Christmas may kuryente lahat ng munisipyo. Pero ‘yung mga malalayo pong barangay baka ‘yon po ay abutin daw ng mga isang buwan pa.”
(I would like to thank Meralco because they were the first to respond and to arrive here and help. They promised me that all municipalities would have electricity by Christmas. Faraway barangays may have to wait one more month before electricity is restored in their area.)”
Relief operations are targeted to be completed by January 7, 2016. – Rappler.com
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