'Egay' causes billions in damages to agriculture, infrastructure

'Egay' causes billions in damages to agriculture, infrastructure

Tropical Cyclone Egay wreaks havoc on agriculture and infrastructure, with damages soaring to P1.9 billion for crops and P3.5 billion for infrastructure, affecting thousands of farmers and households. Photo: DA/Facebook

PHILIPPINES – In a recent report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) today, July 31, 2023, the devastating impact of Tropical Cyclone Egay on agriculture and infrastructure has been revealed. The total value of damages to crops has reached a staggering P1.9 billion.

According to the NDRRMC, the cyclone has ravaged 148,774 hectares of crops, including vital crops such as rice, corn, and other high-value produce. Additionally, an estimated 114,565 farmers and fishermen have been severely affected by the storm, disrupting their livelihoods and exacerbating food security concerns.

The destructive force of 'Egay' has not spared infrastructure either. Initial assessments indicate that the cyclone has inflicted damages worth P3.5 billion on roads, bridges, flood control systems, government facilities, schools, utility services, and other critical structures. 

This poses significant challenges to the affected communities regarding mobility, access to basic services, and overall economic stability.

Homes have not been spared from the wrath of Bagyong Egay either. Approximately P344,000 worth of damages were incurred, with more than 34,000 households partially damaged and 1,283 homes rendered completely uninhabitable.

As authorities continue their assessment and relief efforts, there is a possibility that the current estimates may further escalate, indicating a more dire situation for those impacted by the devastating storm. —iTacloban

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