‘Ulysses’ damage now at P8 billion

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The estimated damage brought by Typhoon Ulysses to infrastructure in eight heavily affected regions is now P8 billion, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported yesterday.

          The department said damage to infrastructures occurred in the Cordillera Administrative Region, National Capital Region, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4-A, Region 4-B, and Region 5.

          Damage to roads was at P4 billion, P421 million to bridges, P2 billion on flood control, P300 million on public buildings, P511 million to school buildings, and P300 million to other infrastructures.

          Regions 4-A and 5, so far, recorded the highest number of damage at P3.3 billion and P1.89 billion, respectively.

          As of 1 p.m., the DPWH reported that 15 road sections are closed to traffic; four in CAR, three in Region 2, six in Region 3, one in Region 4-A, and one in Region 5.

          The affected roads are closed due to soil collapse, landslide, roadslip, mudflow, toppled trees, damaged detour, eroded bridge approach, flooding and carriageway settlement caused by continuous rains brought by “Ulysses”.

          All other national roads and bridges are passable to all types of vehicles.

          The DPWH has deployed personnel and maintenance crew to affected areas and installed warning signs and travel advisory.

          Rehabilitation and clearing operations are ongoing.*PNA

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