MANILA - The initial cost of damage to infrastructure due to the onslaught of Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Nock-Ten) has reached P83.4 million in Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro alone, disaster officials said Wednesday.
"Nina" also displaced at least 132,908 families or 602,770 persons from 785 barangays in affected provinces, forcing them to temporarily seek shelter in 145 schools, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's (NDRRMC) situation report Wednesday said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and affected local government units said they have disbursed a total of P29.8 million worth of food and non-food assistance to affected Filipinos, while the Department of Health (DOH) has spent P1.17 million for medicine and medical supplies, the statement added.
But power has yet to be restored in at least 122 areas in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol as 10 power lines have been cut-off since Christmas day, the NDRRMC report said.
Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento earlier said that efforts to restore power have been hampered as most national roads have yet to be cleared of fallen trees, electric posts, and debris.
As of Wednesday morning, at least 30.897 houses were damaged by the typhoon in Bicol alone, the report stated.
The total cost of damage and number of affected residents are expected to increase as other regions hit by the Christmas day typhoon have yet to complete their post-disaster assessments in their respective areas.