The damage inflicted by Batanes from the recent onslaught of typhoon Kiko has reached more than P422 million.
According to Gov. Marilou Cayco, the amount of damages is just initial. This includes damages to houses amounting to P38.9 million, P237 million to public infrastructure, P119 million to agriculture, and P32 million to powerlines.
“Sa 310 km/h na bugso ng hanging napakalawak ng pinsalang idinulot ng supertyphoon sa aming probinsya. Just imagine, yung isang container van inilipad at napunta sa bubong ng DepEd,” Cayco said in an interview with TeleRadyo Wednesday morning.
As many as 313 houses were destroyed and 448 were partially damaged.
“Sa awa ng Diyos, zero casualty kami at may 27 kaming injured, may 56 displaced families,” the governor said.
To this day, the local government is still assessing the damage of the previous typhoon.
Meanwhile, the governor will only know when the class opening will continue in the province.
Damage from typhoon Kiko in Batanes reaches P422M
“May meeting ang DepEd para alamin kung kelan mag-uumpisa ang klase kasi nabasa din ang kanilang mga computers, nabasa rin ang kanilang mga modules na naka-prepara po para idistribute sana yun before nung Monday,” she said.
Today, the governor is calling for help for the rice, wood and galvanized iron their residents need to recover.
“Nangangailangan kami ng construction materials kahit yero lang po, kahoy ok na po sa amin kasi pag-ikot ko po sa bayan-bayan pag nakita nila ako hiling lang po nila yero lang po para maitayo nila ang bahay. Nangangailangan din ng bigas para may makain ang mga tao,” she said.
Batanes is an archipelagic province in the Philippines, administratively part of the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. Its capital is Basco located on the island of Batan.
Batanes is mentioned frequently in connection with typhoons, because it holds the northernmost weather station in the Philippines, thus, it is also a reference point for all typhoons that enter the Philippine area.