Pablo leaves P883M in infra damage

Posted at 12/07/2012 6:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Pablo (international codename Bopha) has either damaged or destroyed about P883 million worth of infrastructure, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.

DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo said initial cost in Region 11 (Davao Region) was P530.6 million, accounting for the bulk of the total worth of damage.

In Region 13 (Caraga Region), DPWH said damage to infrastructure reached over P228 million.

In Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) and Region 7 (Central Visayas), meanwhile, typhoon Pablo damaged P98 million and P26.6 million worth of infrastructure, respectively.

Momo, who has served the DPWH for 35 years already, said typhoon Pablo was the most devastating in the history of the country.

He cited the case of Davao Oriental, where the towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga were wiped out by strong winds brought by the typhoon.

The 3 towns were isolated on Tuesday after a major bridge connecting the three towns to Mati collapsed during the typhoon's onslaught.

Momo said it will take at least a month before the bridge gets fixed.

On Wednesday, food packs were delivered to the 3 towns via boat, Social Welfare and Development Sec. Dinky Soliman said.

The death toll from the typhoon has climbed to 456, according to the NDRRMC's latest advisory, while 533 are still reported missing. -- Report from Ricky Velasco, dzMM