‘Ineng’ damage on crops, infrastructure valued at ₱360-M

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — Around ₱360 million worth of crops and infrastructure were damaged in the wake of the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Ineng” in Ilocos Norte, among the provinces worst hit by the storm.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc told reporters that the severe tropical storm left almost ₱320 million worth of infrastructure and ₱40 million worth of agricultural products damaged.

“What happened here in Laoag, people say it hasn’t flooded like this in decades. ‘Yung iba, [Others, the flood is] up to chest-high daw, four feet,” Manotoc said Sunday.

He attributed the flooding to poor waste management in the province, especially in its metropolitan area.

He added that 480 millimeters worth of rain poured on the province — almost a month’s worth of rain.

“We should’ve been better prepared in terms of our infrastructure, but the amount of rain that we also received was tremendous,” Manotoc said.

Earlier, Ilocos Norte’s provincial risk reduction management office reported that the storm, that did not make landfall but intensified the southwest monsoon or Habagat, damaged ₱263 million of bridges, roads and flood control projects in the province.

It also destroyed around ₱20.66 million worth of rice, corn, high-value commercial crops, fisheries and livestock.

Ineng also left at least two dead and two injured in Ilocos Norte.

The Department of Agriculture has assured farmers in Ilocos Norte that it is ready to provide each of them a ₱25,000 loan payable in three years.

The province has declared a state of calamity due to flooding, which affected some 1,776 families.

In Batanes, 35 families were affected by Ineng but are now staying outside evacuation centers, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

CNN Philippines' Xave Gregorio, Crissy Dimatulac and Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this report.