Typhoon ‘Juan’ death toll rises to 19

THE death toll of typhoon “Juan” rose to 19 with 24 others injured.

Also, the damage of the typhoon to infrastructure and agricultural sector has neared P5 billion, disaster agencies reported yesterday. Juan, the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, has left a trail of destruction after battering northern Luzon with strong winds and rains on Monday before exiting toward the South China sea the following day.

Ilocos Region suffered the most number of casualties with 11 persons killed, mostly by falling trees and lightning strikes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Counil (NDRRMC) reported.

Central Luzon and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) each had three deaths, while Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila reported one casualty each, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC reports said that total cost of damages to infrastructure and agriculture is estimated at around P4.771 billion, of which P4.767 billion came from the agricultural sector.

The Ilocos region, comprising the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Sur, La Union and Pangasinan has lost P1.91 billion worth of crops, P255.6 million worth of farm produce and P29.53 million worth of livestock.

While Cagayan Valley region, compose of Isabela and Cagayan provinces lost P1.277 billion worth of crops from the typhoon, Central Luzon lost P618 million and Cordillera P335 million worth of crops and P326 million worth of farm produce.

Some 3,703 families or 16, 755 persons were forced to flee from their homes and moved to evacuation centers as the typhoon whipped Northern Luzon last Monday with strong winds, the NDRRMC reports said. Anthony Vargas

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