BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Kabankalan City, which was devastated by typhoon Odette in December last year, suffered P2.6 billion in damages to both infrastructure and agricultural crops.
Elbert Javellana, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer of Kabankalan City, in his report submitted to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Western Visayas, reported that damage to infrastructure was placed at P912 million, water system – P28.5 million and electrical system – P50.8 million.
The Kabankalan City Water District reported a damage of P3.7 million while the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) reported P70. 9 million in damages.
The report also showed that the typhoon caused damage totaling of P4.1 million to hotels and pension houses while other commercial structures suffered P14 million.
The CRDDMO also reported P128.7 million worth of damage to 17 schools by the typhoon, while agriculture sector suffered P537.1 million, with P320.5 million in damage for sugarcane crops, as well as P23.6 million in damage to the environment.*