Tacloban City (June 25) — Typhoon Frank brought widespread destruction to the province of Biliran, with the damage to agriculture and aqua culture estimated at P40,816,210.
This was reported by the Biliran Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council on June 24, 2008.
The amount covers the damages on fishponds, fishing vessels and pump boats, crops, poultry and livestock, abaca and other agricultural products, Governor Roger Espina who is the chairman of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council informed.
The total damage to fishponds, fishing vessel/pumpboats, crops, poultry and livestock, abaca and other agricultural products is estimated at P39,197,210.
Typhoon Frank brought mortality to livestock and damaged various livestock facilities or buildings estimated at P1,619,000.
Typhoon Frank caused sudden disruption of the day to day patterns of life of the Biliranons, loss of home and property and people are plunged into helplessness and human sufferings, fear and discouragement due to destruction of livelihood facilities, and other essential services and as a result, they need assistance like food, shelter, social and restoration of other basic necessities and services, Governor Espina said.
About 26.25% of the total population or a total number of 37,320 people out of the population of 140,000 were affected, whose dwellings were either partially or totally destroyed.
About 807 families were rendered homeless; more or less 7,576 families suffered from partial destruction of their houses; while 45 families were evacuated.
The provincial government of Biliran has already spent a total of P182,400.00 for emergency relief assistance while the various municipal government units have already extended about P276,590 emergency relief assistance.
The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council is urgently in need of assistance from the National Disaster Coordinating Council, for the rehabilitation and restoration of the damaged facilities and livelihood paraphernalia to enable the victims to return to their normal way of life, Governor Espina added. (PIA 8)