Typhoon damage reaches almost a billion


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AURORA AFTER LABUYO. A handout photograph dated and released 13 August 2013 by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows areas affected by Typhoon Utor (Labuyo) in Aurora province, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo by EPA/NDRRMC

Typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor) which hit northern Luzon last August 12 damaged more than P800,000 worth of infrastructure and agriculture. The death toll also rose to 6, while 5 people remained missing. A total of 3,750 houses were damaged across 5 affected regions. Labuyo is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. Aurora and Quirino, and the municipalities of Candelaria, Sta Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales, are all under a state of calamity.

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