Ineng damage to Ilocos Norte seen at P589 million: provincial government

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2019 02:48 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2019 01:21 AM

MANILA - (UPDATE 3) Damage from tropical storm Ineng has reached P589 million, provincial officials said Sunday. 

Damage to agriculture is estimated to have reached P20 million while damage to infrastructure was seen at P300 million, according to the latest report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. 

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said the province experienced almost month's worth of rain in just 1 day, which overwhelmed their capacity to respond. 

"We have roughly 583 millimeters worth of rain for the month of August, however on Friday alone we had 478 millimeters,” Manotoc said in a statement. 

The northern Luzon province was placed under a state of calamity, Saturday, after Ineng's heavy rains left 2 people dead, and inundated farmlands, leaving cows drowned and crops submerged in floods, according to earlier reports. 

The Department of Agriculture said farmers who were affected by Ineng can avail of P25,000 in financial assistance each. 

The region is in need of seeds, fertilizers and livestock to help affected farmers to start over, Ilocos Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head Marcell Tabije said in an interview on ANC.

"Our priority now is to rehabilitate all the agri areas that have been damaged and look after the welfare of farmers and livestock resource since many livestock were also reportedly lost during the flooding," Tabije said.

Some 559 persons who are staying in evacuation centers are expected to return to their homes Sunday as floods have begun to subside.

Tropical storm Ineng left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Saturday evening, but another weather disturbance is expected to hit the country in the coming days, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

- Report from Grace Alba at Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News