Cebu: Nanang left, P364M damage, 27 killed
(Saturday December 1, 12:00 AM)
Tropical Storm Nanang cut a wide swathe of destruction in Central Visayas, where damage to agriculture, fishery, livestock and infrastructure reached P364.3 million, the biggest amount in recent catastrophes, said the final report of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) 7.
The storm, which triggered heavy rains and flashfloods, also left 27 people dead, washed away 141 houses and displaced 5,180 families and 22,162 persons.
The RDCC 7 report, signed by its chairman, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Avelino Razon Jr., also listed seven persons missing, two injured victims and 865 partially destroyed houses.
Among the four provinces in Region 7, Cebu suffered most from typhoon Nanang's wrath.
The RDCC 7 recorded 23 fatalities in Cebu, 15 of them laborers who died after an open pit collapsed at the Atlas Mining compound in Toledo City.
The youngest fatality was Joan Rota, 8, of Liloan town while mine worker Romeo Paraiso, 63, of Toledo City, was listed as the oldest typhoon victim.
Bohol authorities, though, reported that Esterlita Busbos, 76, of Cagawasan, Pilar town, died from hyporthemia and starvation during the typhoon.
Cebu's total damage on crops, fisheries and livestock totaled P34.8 million, much higher compared to Siquijor's P12.7 million.
Negros Oriental reported only damages to crops and fisheries but still posted the highest at P46.4 million while Bohol took the second spot at P44.7 million, solely for crops.
As for damage to infrastructure, Bohol reported P176.9 million, followed by Cebu at P37.5 million while Negros Oriental and Siquijor had 17.2 million and P5.3 million, respectively.
Nanang's record surpassed the over P100 million worth of property damage inflicted by typhoon Toyang in December last year.
Its death toll was also higher than Toyang's 11, apparently due to the storm's unusual heavy rains, which triggered landslides, flashfloods and swollen rivers.
Nanang's fury could not, however, break the record of Super typhoon Ruping, which left 500 people dead and 1,200 injured when it hit Cebu on Nov. 13, 1990.
Though, authorities consider typhoon Uring the most destructive super storm in decades when it spawned flashfloods in Ormoc City in Leyte in 1991. It killed 5,000 people and destroyed millions of pesos worth of properties.