'Juan' damages to agri, infra reach over P230-M


Posted at Oct 19 2010 06:10 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2010 08:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Juan (international name Megi) slammed key agricultural provinces in Northern Philippines, leaving damages amounting to over P230 million, according to initial government estimates.

Data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council showed crops and agricultural losses have reached over P220 million, while damage to infrastructure has been placed at about P12 million.

Around 105,000 tons of unmilled rice, mostly in Cagayan and Isabela, two of the country's major sources of rice, were reported damaged. But the government assured supply was sufficient for the rest of the year.

Juan was a category 5 super typhoon with winds in excess of 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) when it hit the east coast of north Luzon shortly before noon on Monday.

The death toll from the typhoon stood at 10, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest advisory. Houses and schools in Isabela were destroyed by strong winds, while the runway of Cauayan City's airport could not accommodate bigger aircraft than helicopters after being damaged.

The weather bureau said that after clearing the Philippines, Juan has picked up strength over the South China Sea. The typhoon is expected to hit China's southern Guangdong province on either Friday or Saturday. - Report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News