AT least P4.5 billion worth of agricultural products and infrastructure were damaged by typhoon “Tisoy” which wreaked havoc in Bicol and several other regions last week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said yesterday.
The figure may “rise or decrease” in the coming days as the validation process is still ongoing, said Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.
“For this year, it’s the most destructive because no other stronger typhoon hit the country this year. The others were weaker and did not cause much damage this year,” Jalad said of Tisoy.
Jalad said the damage from Tisoy is not comparable to other high-profile typhoons like “Yolanda” in November 2013, which battered the Eastern Visayas region, damaged P95 billion in agriculture and infrastructure, left and over 6,000 people dead.
The most recent destructive typhoon to hit the country was “Ompong,” in September last year. Ompong left P33.9 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure and 82 people dead.
A situational report from the NDRRMC said Tisoy damaged P2.49 billion worth of infrastructure in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol regions.
Another P2.09 billion worth of agricultural products were also damaged in the three regions and in the Western Visayas region.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed fatalities from Tisoy was down to four, from a high of 13 on Thursday last week.
Jalad said many of the deaths previously reported were not directly related to Tisoy.
Tisoy has affected 360,765 families or 1,560,463 persons, of which 18,322 families or 80,068 persons are still housed in 450 evacuation centers.
The provinces Quezon, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Marinduque have declared states of calamity.
Batangas City, Mabitac town in Laguna, Lapinig town in Northern Samar, and the towns of Corcuera, Romblon, and San Fernando in Romblon made similar declarations.