Typhoon Helen leaves 22,522 families affected, P15.5-M Agri damages in La Union

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Aug. 22 (PIA) – The continuous rains brought by tropical storm ‘Helen’ on Wednesday affected 22,522 families and P15.5-M damages on Agri sector in the city of San Fernando and other 12 municipalities in the province.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), a total of 95,398 persons in 22,522 families were affected by the typhoon.

The affected families were from the 168 barangays of this city and 12 municipalities of the province.

There were 3 persons injured namely: Joy S. Aspiras, 24, a resident of Nazareno, Agoo, La Union, Maria Sandria Aspiras, 8-month old, and Julie Rivera, 53, a resident of Caba, La Union, while the lone fatality was Sabino Mosquite Yankee Macasinag, 47, resident of Brgy Lioac Sur, Naguillan, La Union who died of electrocution.

Meanwhile, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, total damages on agriculture particularly on crops were recorded at P2,676,700; vegetables, P648,000; fishery, P963,248; and Agri Infra, P11,250,000.

To help the victims, 39 evacuation centers were opened for 6,419 individuals who were forced to evacuate.

Also, a total cost of P1,891,408 were provided in the form of relief goods to the victims by the local government units, PDRRMC and private sectors-Holcim.

According to PSWDO, all evacuees have already returned home yesterday. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1 La Union)

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