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Over 900K households still without electricity due to ‘Odette’



Over 900,000 households affected by Typhoon Odette are still without electricity as connecting distribution utilities and communities to the grid still remains a challenge.

Based on the latest assessment of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department, the cost of damage of the typhoon to facilities of electric cooperatives has reached P3.4 billion as of Friday afternoon.

Despite the slowdown in reparation due to surge in Covid-19 cases, the NEA said power in 75 percent or 2.67 million of the total affected households is already restored.

In an online briefing on Thursday, the NEA said electric cooperatives are still repairing its facilities to power up the remaining 966,075 million households.

However, it admitted that electricity in 81,527 households cannot be restored as of the moment.

Of the affected electric cooperatives, Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative, Inc. sustained the most damage at P723.48 million.

It was followed by Bohol II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BOHECO II) with P545.45 million losses.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco) posted P433.79 million worth of losses and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) reported P344.14 million.

BOHECO I and BOHECO II are targeted for power restoration on 31 January.

Agri damage

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that the typhoon damage to the food sector ballooned to P12.7 billion.

Affected regions include CALABARZON, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga.

As of Wednesday, affected farmers and fishers stood at 396,586 — with volume of production loss at 267,809 metric tons (MT) and 443,419 hectares of agricultural areas.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, coconut, sugarcane, livestock, and fisheries. Damage has also been incurred in agricultural infrastructures, machineries and equipment.

“These values are subject to validation,” the DA clarified.

The latest assessment showed that the fisheries sector, with 41,181 fishers affected, suffered the most with P4 billion incurred losses. Meanwhile, the rice sector sustained at least P2.6 billion of losses.

The livestock and poultry sector also reported a total of P535.4 million in losses where about 1.6 million heads were lost.