Thu. Nov 26th, 2020
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LEGAZPI CITY: At least P311 million worth of agriculture crops, fisheries, and power and flood control projects were destroyed as Typhoon Quinta battered Bicol on Sunday, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the region said on Tuesday.

Gremil Alexis Naz, OCD-Bicol spokesperson, in an interview said the initial consolidated damage reports came only from the provinces of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur.

“For Camarines Sur, agriculture and fisheries cost of damage is P225 million, while for Sorsogon, agriculture, coconut, and fisheries – P60 million, electrical power – P1 million, and flood control – P25 million,” he said.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that 5,588 hectares of agriculture crops (rice, high-value crops, coconut) and fisheries were destroyed.

A fish kill incident was also reported in Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur where 20 metric tons of tilapia worth P2.1 million were lost.

A total of 6,802 houses were either partially or totally destroyed.

After outages were reported in different areas of the region, power was partially restored in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, search and rescue operations were launched for seven missing fishermen from Catanduanes and a 17-year-old resident of Calabanga town in Camarines Sur.

Floods hit 20 towns in Camarines Sur and one town in Camarines Norte while landslides were reported in Barangay Bagong Silang in Presetacion town, Laganac, and Cabanbanan in Balatan, Camarines Sur.

The Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) has mobilized its manpower, equipment, and transportation assets for the ongoing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations after the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta.

Capt. John Paul Belleza, 9th Infantry Division (9ID) spokesperson, in a statement said that Disaster Response Operation (DRO) teams under the 9ID were deployed in the entire region even before the storm lashed Bicol on Sunday night.

The teams assisted various Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) in rescuing residents especially those who were affected by heavy flooding.

JTFB also provided transportation assets for faster delivery of relief goods and services to the affected families while the rest of its manpower is conducting road clearing operations in typhoon-stricken areas.

Military personnel also assisted in the search and rescue operations for the reported missing persons.

Air assets are on standby for the rapid conduct of damage assessment and recoveries.

Even before the storm hit the Bicol Region, JTFB was in close coordination with the OCD to ensure the safety of the people and uphold a zero casualty disaster policy.

“As a region frequented by typhoons, there is no room for complacency. We always have to prepare and be on guard. Though Quinta brought damages in agriculture and infrastructure, we are blessed that God spared the lives of the Bicolanos. Furthermore, we cannot disregard the efforts of different emergency response units and government agencies in-charge in ensuring the welfare of everyone. Tapos na ang bagyo ngunit marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang nangangailangan ng tulong. Ngayon po natin pairalin ang tinatawag nating “bayanihan spirit (The typhoon has left but many of our province mates still need help. Let us now have the so-called ‘bayanihan spirit’). Let us be of help to one another,” Major General Henry Robinson Jr., 9ID commander, said.PNA

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