LEGAZPI CITY, July 18, (PNA) – Amid the absence of electric power regionwide, all provinces in the Bicol region have ordered the decampment of a total of 98,133 families or 504,222 persons inside and outside evacuation centers.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Bicol reported that of the total evacuees, 75,491 families or 364,990 individuals were inside 72 evacuation centers in the entire region.
RDRRMC-Bicol Chairman and Office of Civil Defense Bicol Chief Raffy Alejandro said this total of 504,222 persons were part of the 761,228 total persons or 162,225 families in 652 barangays in the entire region that were affected by the wrath of typhoon “Glenda” that left a swath of destruction along its path.
As of Friday, Alejandro and officers of the Tactical Operations Group 5 of the Philippine Air Force have been continuously conducting damage assessments in the entire region.
A partial report on damaged houses said 7,993 were totally destroyed while 27,802 were partially destroyed.
Damages on infrastructure were partially placed at Php1.2 billion. Destruction on agriculture, however, had conflicting figures.
RDRRMC’s figure of damages,however, was only Php 2.5 billion, in Albay alone, it was Php4.2 billion as of Friday.
Two provinces were declared under state of calamity, Albay and Camarines Sur, while one municipality – Tigaon, Camarines Sur, and one city – Naga City, were in similar situation.
All Bicol provinces now have water supply, except Albay province and the City of Naga.
To the dismay of Albayanos, Internet communications also bogged down. (PNA) FPV/FGS/EMC/cbd /utb