‘Ursula’ damage hits ₱3 billion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) —Damage to infrastructure and agriculture caused by Typhoon “Ursula” (international name: Phanfone) has tripled to ₱3.43 billion almost a week after it left the Philippines.

In the latest situation report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday, the total cost of damage has risen to ₱3,435,725,790 from ₱1,194,009,546.

Citing the Department of Agriculture and operations center of regional offices, the NDRRMC said the damage was incurred in Regions Mimaropa, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

A total of 446 schools, 32 health facilities, and 84 government facilties were partially damaged, while 22 government facilities were totally damaged by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, injuries have risen to 362, up from earlier figures reported at 143. Region 8 recorded the highest number of injuries with 244 in Eastern Samar, 44 in Leyte, and 35 in Biliran.

The NDRRMC said the death toll has remained at 50, while 55 are still missing.

A total of 600,142 families were affected by the typhoon. This is equivalent to 2,431,821 individuals in 2,702 villages in the five regions, including Caraga.

Of this number, 19,553 families are still taking temporary shelter in evacuation centers.

Ursula left the country as a tropical storm last December 28. Its onslaught prompted 12 cities and municipalities to declare a state of calamity.