Surigao City suffers P13-M damage from ‘Yolanda’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) — Typhoon “Yolanda” claimed no lives in Surigao City but it damaged various properties, infrastructure and crops, according to an initial post-evaluation by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) on Friday.

City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, who chairs the CDRRMC, said their initial estimate of the damage was P13.4 million.

Agriculture incurred the biggest losses so far with a P3,330,0000 in damage to crops.

Yolanda also affected other food sources. Fisheries, including fish cages, lobster and seaweed production and backyard fishpond suffered losses amounting to P630,000.

Damage to irrigation facilities had reached P1.5 million, and to livestock P30,000 so far.

The typhoon also damaged some schools (P2.5 million), government buildings (P3.2 million), and the sea wall (P1.7 million).

The City Environment and Natural Resources Offices reported that their nursery incurred a damage of at least P 100,000.

Based on the initial damage assessment CDRRMC passed a resolution asking the city council to declare a state of calamity.

Matugas meanwhile thanked the CDRRMC and all volunteers for helping realize the goal of having zero casualties. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)