Jolina leaves 1 confirmed dead, 13 others being checked

    Tropical storm Jolina brought in heavy rains, that resulted in flooding and landslides in the some regions of Visayas and Luzon.

    MANILA — One confirmed dead was identified as Jovert Manalo Garay, 21, a fisherman and resident of Buenavista, Marinduque, says the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

    Meanwhile, 13 others who were also reported dead are still being investigated as to the cause of their deaths.

    Search and rescue operations have started as four persons went missing. Twenty persons were also reported injured by late afternoon yesterday.

    Jolina (international name Consun) has affected 617 barangays composed of 28,444 families or 109,689 individuals, according to NDRRMC report.

    From the figures, 2,580 families or 9,797 persons are in shelters receiving support in 245 evacuation sites.

    The areas Jolina affected include Region 3, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Regions 5, 6, 8, 12 ad the National Capital Region. Damage cost to agriculture is estimated to have reached ₱256 million in Regions 5, 6, 8, and Mimaropa. Damage cost to infrastructure is estimated to have reached ₱30.6 million Regions 5, 6, and Mimaropa.

    Jolina destroyed ₱270.34 millions worth of agriculture crops, systems, implements, and properties, as validated by the Department of Agriculture-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (DA-DRRMC).

    A total of 11,499 farmers and fisherfolk have been affected with volume of production loss at 15,450 metric tons (MT) and 8,083 hectares of agriculrural lands in Eastern Visayas, Bicol, Western Visayas, and Calabarzon.

    Affected commodities are rice, corn, high value crops, livestock, and fisheries. (RA/The MiNT)

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