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‘Pepito’ leaves P121 million damage; Quezon town under ‘calamity’

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Tropical storm “Pepito” affected more than 32,000 people and left at least P121.69 million worth of damage after causing floods and landslides in many parts of Luzon, authorities said.

Initial reports indicated that total damage in agriculture was pegged at P92.457 million and P29.24 million in infrastructure, mostly schools, said Mark Timbal, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The figures were from across Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon, he said.

“Pepito” affected at least 32,135 persons in Calabarzon and Central Luzon only, reports from regional units of the Office of Civil Defense showed.

In Quezon and Laguna, some 26,405 persons took shelter in evacuation centers and homes of relatives and friends, the OCD-Calabarzon said.

As this developed, authorities in Lopez, Quezon, placed the town under state of calamity because of floods brought by “Pepito.”

The declaration was made after the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recommended the measure on Wednesday, according to the OCD.

Figures from the OCD showed that floods caused by “Pepito” prompted the evacuation of 6,861 persons in Lopez alone, the most in any municipality affected by the storm.

Floods in Lopez, particularly along the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Canda Ilaya, also stumped traffic of vehicles, especially those coming to and from Bicol and the Visayas.

As of Thursday morning, floods as deep as 3 feet are still being experienced in the area.

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