Although the former typhoon “Auring” has left the country, it has caused millions of pesos worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said today.
The amount damaged by Auring in rice, corn, high-value crops, fisheries, livestock, and poultry in the CARAGA region has reached P21,437,542.
This is in addition to the P2.8 million worth of infrastructure damaged by the typhoon such as flood control and water facilities.
It was first reported that one drowned in the province of Surigao del Norte during the typhoon Auring.
Four people are still missing in CARAGA after their boat capsized.
“The search and rescue [for them is] still on-going,” according to the NDRRMC statement this morning.
As many as 49,947 families have been affected by the former severe tropical storm, most of them from the Mindanao archipelago.
The government also distributed P3.21 million worth of assistance to the affected families. The funds came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units in Northern Mindanao and CARAGA.
Typhoon Auring leaves P21.43-M worth of damages in agriculture
“A total of 18, 996 families/69,682 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in regions VI, VII, VIII, X and CARAGA,” NDRRMC added.
A total of 679 households were damaged by the typhoon: 226 were completely destroyed while 453 were partially damaged.
It was only Tuesday night when President Rodrigo Duterte personally visited Tandag City in connection with the area devastated by the typhoon, something that Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel was happy about.
“This is the first time in the history of Surigao del Sur or maybe in the Philippines na kayo po mahal na Presidente talaga immediately after the typhoon dumating kayo dito. Maraming maraming salamat po,” said Pimentel.
“Talagang nabigla po kami. Hanggang ngayon hindi ko ma-ano ‘yong feeling ng happiness ng buong katawohan sa Surigao del Sur po,” he added.
Auring is the first typhoon that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) for 2021.