Manila, Philippines — Typhoon ‘Utor’ left 7 people dead while the number of affected population in Luzon increased to more than 180,000, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday.
Latest NDRRMC bulletin also indicated that the cost of damage in provinces battered by the typhoon was placed at P816 million – P700,783,154 in agriculture and P115,721,300 in infrastructure.
In the Cordillera region alone, more than P11.2 millions in agricultural crops were damaged by strong winds and heavy rains.
Two provinces and three municipalities were likewise placed under state of calamity. These are Aurora and Quirino provinces and the towns of Candelaria, Sta. Cruz, and Masinloc in Zambales.
In Mindanao, Davao del Sur, a report released by the town’s disaster management office said the body of Germelito Esperanza, 62, was finally found after the victim was swept by rampaging waters in Barangay Bangkal as he was trying to save his carabao on Tuesday.
About a dozen families had also been displaced and nearly 22 hectares of crops were damaged due to strong wind and floods, the Matanao Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council according to Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. Among those destroyed were at least 20 hectares of bananas.