11,503 San Carlos residents affected by Yolanda Typhoon
THE devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in Negros Occidental, particularly in the north, reached unparalleled level, causing more than 100,000 Negrenses to flee their homes and seek shelter and leaving massive destruction to houses and properties.
“This is the worst and the strongest typhoon or calamity that had hit Negros Occidental to date,” said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Figures from the Provincial Government showed that 112,955 Negrenses stayed in 193 evacuation centers in 29 cities and municipalities. Most of them have returned to their homes yesterday.
A resident of Barangay Inayawan, Cuayan identified as Dominador Daulong, 67, was the lone casualty of the typhoon due to drowning last November 8, records of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office ( PSWDO) showed.
Eric Villaluna, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Disaster Management Team Division (PDMPD), said that all 13 persons in Sagay City who were earlier reported as missing were all accounted for last Saturday. Of the 13, five were from Molocaboc Island, while eight were from Suyo Island.
Provincial Engineering Office Chief Ernie Mapa said the absolute value of infrastructure loss may be known within the week as Capitol engineers continue to assess the impact of Typhoon Yolanda on roads and highways, buildings and other government facilities.
The governor, who personally directed relief and response efforts since Friday, said he witnessed how trees and power lines were toppled and houses either flattened or turned upside down in the cities of Sagay, Cadiz, Escalante, San Carlos and the towns of Calatrava, Manapla, and Toboso.
Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan said that initial losses to palay and corn, fisheries and high value commercial crops were pegged at P36,739,003.50.
Confederation of Sugar Producers Association president and former governor Rafael Coscolluela said it may take a while to determine the typhoon’s impact on the sugar industry, Negros Occidental's prime industry, since surveys and ocular inspections are yet to be conducted.
Marañon also visited the evacuation centers in Cadiz City on Saturday and immediately ordered to deliver additional relief goods.
From the 59,209 individuals recorded on Saturday, the number of affected Negrenses climbed to 112,955 on Sunday.
Those who have yet to submit their reports were the municipalities of Pulupandan and Hinoba-an, and La Carlota City.
Typhoon Yolanda destroyed 899 houses, but figures are expected to increase after final assessments are completed. These include 868 houses in Manapla; Calatrava, 24; Cauayan, 21; Valladolid, 14; Hinigaran, 6; Salvador Benedicto, 5; and San Carlos City, 2.
Damaged houses reached 3,335; 2,651 of which were recorded in the coastal communities of Manapla.
Manapla, which was placed under a state of calamity Saturday, also has the highest number of residents affected with 17,595.
Next is Victorias City, 14,140; San Carlos City, 11,503; Calatrava, 8,115; Talisay City, 7,180; Kabankalan City, 7,159; Bago City, 6,382; Cauayan, 6,031; Isabela, 5,348; Toboso, 5,176; Ilog, 3,830; Himamaylan City, 2,930; Cadiz City, 2,825; Valladolid, 2,480; Murcia, 2,213; Sagay City, 1,650; Binalbagan, 1,449; Hinigaran, 1,430; Sipalay City, 1,162; Escalante City, 1,001; Silay City, 882; E. B. Magalona, 738; Candoni, 628; Pontevedra, 372; San Enrique, 343; Salvador Benedicto, 245; La Castellana, 100, and Moises Padilla, 48.