MANILA, Philippines?(UPDATE 2) The massive flooding triggered by tropical storm ?Ondoy? (international codename: Ketsana) has now reached P4.6 billion in damage, said the National Disaster Coordinating Council in its damage assessment as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Infrastructure losses reached more than P1.5 billion while damage to agriculture amounted to about P3.175 billion, the NDCC said in its latest situation report.
?It is a partial damage assessment definitely, even loss to, or opportunity loss of revenues for establishments you know, I mean, that alone would amount to hundreds of millions at the least a day,? Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Jr. said in a briefing earlier on Tuesday after the Cabinet meeting at the NDCC headquarters.
A total of 1,939,729 persons or 334,959 families have been affected by the flooding, the NDCC said.
Of this number, 107,616 families or 567,417 persons have taken refuge in 571 evacuation centers.
The death toll increased to 246 from 100 in Monday's assessment, with 101 in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila; 3 at the Cordillera Autonomous Region; 37, Region 3; and 105, Region IV-A. Thirty-eight people remained missing and five were hurt.
?I think for casualties the increase will be not as great but the damage figures may increase,? Teodoro said.
?The difficulty is, let?s say in a province you can very well judge a totally or partially damaged house, the problem in Metro Manila is if you have to inventory the appliances and articles inside the house, that poses some difficulty so an accurate picture of damages cannot be had easily,? he said.