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Infra damage brought by Egay balloons to 7 billion
Infra damage brought by Egay balloons to 7 billion
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Infra damage brought by Egay balloons to 7 billion
by Mary Antalan04 August 2023
Phpto courtesy: DPWH-Region 2

The damage to infrastructure brought by the slaught of Typhoon Egay is now over P7 billion.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) incurred the highest amount of damage at P2.27 billion, with Abra posting the bulk of the losses estimated at P1.48 billion.

Losses were recorded in Ilocos and Central Luzon at P2.21 billion and P1.98 billion, respectively.

Infrastructure damages were P483.17 million in the Cagayan Valley, P72.39 million in the Eastern Visayas, P38.88 million in Calabarzon, and P33 million in Socksargen.

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Meanwhile, the failure of flood control infrastructure in six regions, mainly Central Luzon at P1.87 billion and CAR at P1.73 billion, was blamed for the majority of the damage.

According to the DPWH, the cost of repairing roads is P1.25 billion.

Sixteen national routes are still blocked in the Cordilleras, Ilocos, and Central Luzon.

The typhoon damaged fifteen additional road segments, restricting access for drivers. These roads were said to be impacted by landslides, flooding, and soil collapse.

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The DPWH said that 587 personnel and 119 pieces of equipment were used to clean up and repair the damaged structures.

The department set up quick response teams in five areas before the storm, each with 1,748 people and 823 pieces of equipment.

On the other hand, the Department of Finance (DOF) reported in 2021 that natural and man-made disasters cost the Philippines an average of P48.9 billion every year.

According to the DOF, this implies that the nation loses up to 0.5 percent of its GDP, primarily to typhoons.

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