Mario Aftermath: 37 schools still closed, 81 roads, 6 bridges still not passable, P48.4M damage to crops

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Tropical storm Mario may have left the country, but the damage he has done lingers. In regions 1, 3 and the NCR, authorities reported that there are still at least 37 schools that remain closed due to flooding or congestion of thousands of evacuees. There are also 81 roads, and six bridges still not passable. D***h toll has risen to 11 and 12 remain wounded and 2 are still missing. P48.4M worth of damages to agricultural products have also been acquired.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), classes remain suspended in all public and private schools in all levels in Ilocos Sur while at least 20 schools in the Rizal province still could not operate because of the flooding.

Meanwhile, in Valenzuela City, 15 schools remain closed, and in Paniqui, Tarlac and Pasig City, schools are still being used as evacuation centers. The NDRRMC said that as of Monday this week, 379 areas remain flooded.

Furthremore, although power has been restored in some heavily hit areas, power interruptions still frequent parts of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro, Baguio City, Abra, Benguet, and the Mt. Province.

The damage to the agricultural production and landscape is also severe – with a reported P48.4 million damages to crops, and P95.5 million worth of damages of agricultural infrastructure. The typhoon cost P1.14 billion in farming output. NDRRMC reports say that the initial damages tally up to 99,875 hectares of rice, and of 3,829 hectares have no chance of recovery.

The most affected areas are Region 3, Region 2, Region 1 and Region 8.

Mario has caused Metro Manila one of its worst flooding in the last several years. The monsoon rain brought about by the storm dumped 10.6 inches of water over the northern area of the country in 24 hours. This amount is equivalent to half a month’s rain.

In 2009, tropical storm Ondoy (internationally known as Ketsana), brought 455 millimeters of rain in 24 hours.

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