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Ifugao hardest hit by ‘Pedring’ in Cordillera

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 5(PIA) – – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here released the latest assessment of the damages and losses caused by typhoon “Quiel” in the province, the hardest hit by typhoon Pedring in the Cordillera .

PDRRMC reported that typhoon Quiel left six injured and one dead. Seven municipalities had more than 500 houses partially destroyed and 23 totally damaged affecting more than 600 families.

In the municipality of Banaue, 127 families are still staying at the evacuation center in Barangay Viewpoint. Their houses were blown away or swept by landslides so that relief assistance were initially provided by the provincial government.

Damage to provincial, municipal, and barangay roads was placed at more than P12 million while communal irrigation system was estimated to cost more than P10 million. Many roads are still impassable.

The greatest cost of damage and loss was on agriculture with estimated loss pegged at P79 million for rice, P64 million for corn, P20 million for fruits, P21 million for vegetables, and P.847 million for livestock.

With the road going to and from the vegetable- producing municipality of Tinoc still closed for more than a week now, estimate losses to agriculture is expected to increase as the newly harvested vegetable crops and those ready for the market cannot be transported and are now rotting.

Meanwhile, the reported missing person during the onslaught of typhoon “Pedring” is still the subject of search and retrieval operation conducted by the joint team of village people and the PDRRMC.

Terrence Dumapi, 24, single, and a farmer of Barangay Kinakin this municipality, is believed to have been swept by torrents of the swollen stream.

Reports indicate that Dumapi was fixing the roof of their kitchen when a landslide hit the house and he was thrown to a swollen stream below their house.

According to former Army Captain Ambrosio Dulnuan of the PDRRMC, they have scoured almost all the areas where Dumapi’s body might have been carried or hidden by the rampaging waters during the storm but to no avail.

The PDRRMC even requested the assistance of the 86th IB of the Philippine Army based in the province to use their K-9 dogs to help find the cadaver of the victim.

Dulnuan added that with the time span that elapsed, hope is dim for the victim to have survived. He said they will continue the operation until the body of the victim is found to help allay the pain and sufferings of his family and relatives.*(JDP/DBC-PIA CAR-Ifugao)

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