Almost 14,000 houses in Negros Occidental destroyed by ‘Yolanda’

BACOLOD CITY, Nov. 13 (PNA) – The number of totally wrecked houses in Negros Occidental has risen to 13,782, according to a report of the provincial government as of late Tuesday.

The figures were released after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan declared a state of calamity in the province Tuesday to utilize its Quick Response Fund for Negrenses badly affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Partially damaged houses was pegged at 38,730.

A total of 372,826 Negrenses sought evacuation, including 211,790 from the second district; 59,043 from the third district; 42,856 from the first district; 24,629 from the sixth district; 18,485 from the fifth district; and 16,026 from fourth district.

Damage to agriculture, fisheries and animals is pegged at P146.279 million.

Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson said the P32-million fund approved by the Provincial Board will be released to assist Negrenses whose houses were totally damaged.

A total of P22 million will be given to residents with totally damaged homes; each of them will receive P3,000.

Negrenses whose houses were partially damaged will receive assistance from their respective local government units.

Of the P32 million, P5 million will be released as assistance for those with affected agricultural crops and fisheries, and P5 million for those with affected animals.(PNA)