Sendong damage reaches almost P1-B

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Storm has left 976 dead, damaged thousands of houses, schools and agricultural products

MANILA, Philippines – The cost of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and school buildings wrought by Tropical Storm Sendong (international codename Washi) has reached almost P1 billion worth of, according to the disaster agency.

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the estimated cost of damages from the deadly storm has reached P999,946,415.

Damage to infrastructure accounted for bulk, or over P998 million, of the estimated total damages.

Infrastructure damages were broken down as follows:
– P946.95 million for roads, bridges and other infrastructure
– P22.8 million for health facilities
– P28.26 million for schools

Damage to agricultural crops, including rice and corn, reached P1.94 million.

The NDRRMC reported that Sendong damaged or resulted in the following:
– 12,131 houses (3,581 total; 8,550 partial)
– 5 bridges and one road section (in Regions 7, 10 and 11)
– 12 schools and 136 classrooms in Iligan City; 4 damaged or totally submerged schools in Cagayan de Oro, several classrooms in Agusan del Sur and Lanao del Sur
– 3 incidents of sea mishaps, 2 landslides, 6 floodings

The aftermath of Sendong affected the following:
– 65,067 families in 13 provinces (equivalent to 348,749 persons)
– 49,441 families inside and outside the 60 evacuation centers (equivalent to 276,400 persons)

President Aquino has declared a state of national calamity after he visited Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Dumaguete cities on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.

The storm has left 1,002 dead, according to NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos. It also injured 1,603 and 46 are still missing.  –

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