Damage to infrastructure, agricultural crops and fisheries in Western Visayas, that had been devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, has risen to P4.2 billion, reports of the Office of the Civil Defense 6 showed.
In Negros Occidental, damage to infrastructure as reported and validated by the Department of Public Works and Highways has been placed at P28.2 million, fisheries – P15.9 million, excluding damage to fishing boats and P57.8 million in agricultural crops, based on the report of Bureau of Agriculture Statistics, OCD 6 regional director Rosario Cabrera said.
Cabrera also reported the dwindling supply of construction materials, although the prices of basic commodities are within Automatic Price Ceiling (APC) in the region, as of Nov. 17.
The OCD 6 also advised owners of gas refilling stations to observe the price freeze.
The government also extended P54,727,380 in relief assistance to 29,706 families in Western Visayas, where 556,377 families were affected by the typhoon, including the 79,083 in Negros Occidental.
The OCD 6 recorded 159 confirmed deaths, which is lower than the 190 reported by the Police Regional Office 6, while 265 were injured, with 20 still missing.
A total of 245,526 houses were destroyed, while 240,917 were partially damaged.* GPB