NDRRMC: Jolina leaves 1 dead, over ₱230M initial agri, infra damage

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — One person died while 17 others are missing in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Jolina, the disaster management agency confirmed on Thursday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said a 21-year-old male from Buenavista, Marinduque died by drowning. It’s also verifying reports that two have died, four were injured, and 14 are missing in Naro, Masbate.

Meanwhile, farmers and fisherfolk in Luzon and the Visayas suffered losses worth over P206 million due to Jolina, according to initial estimates of the agency.

Jolina caused damage to agriculture worth ₱179.57 million in Eastern Visayas, ₱436,610 in Western Visayas, ₱16.5 million in the Bicol region, and ₱9.56 million in Mimaropa, the NDRRMC reported on Thursday.

On the other hand, the agency pegged infrastructure damage in Mimaropa, the Bicol region, and Western Visayas at ₱24.68 million.

Jolina's wrath affected 83,650 people in Central Luzon, Mimaropa, the Bicol region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas, it added.

The weather disturbance brought heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides in a number of areas. At least 3,843 houses were damaged while 298 were totally destroyed, the NDRRMC said.

Jolina made five landfalls in Eastern Visayas and one in the Bicol region as a typhoon. It hit land nine times during its onslaught from Monday to Wednesday.

Jolina, now a tropical storm, was last seen near Dagupan, Pangasinan. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday evening.