OCD Bicol bares initial report on Typhoon Ruby's damage

LEGAZPI CITY—The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol has made public its initial assessment of the effects of Typhoon Ruby on the region.

OCD Regional Director Raffy Alejandro
Photo from RD Alejandro's Facebook account
In a press briefing this morning, OCD Regional Director Raffy Alejandro said that the typhoon, which battered the region this weekend, affected some 753 barangays.

Around 215,354 families, composed of 997,000 individuals were temporarily housed in 1,936 evacuation centers in Bicol.

He maintained, however, that the figures still require validation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Alejandro also noted that there have been cancellations of sea trips, power interruptions, road blockages, toppled electric posts, and storm surges.

Flooding, particularly in  Bato, Viga, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, Caramoran in Catanduanes and parts of Masbate, has also been reported.

The regional director estimated the damage to agriculture to be around P90 million, with the rice industry being the most affected.

Three provinces, he added, declared a state of calamity due to the typhoon, including Albay, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes as of Sunday noon.

The province of Masbate has likewise declared itself to be under a state of calamity, according to the Department of National Defense this afternoon.— BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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