A total of 279 houses in the province and city of Iloilo as well as in Antique province were affected by storm surges caused by the southwest monsoon or “habagat” enhanced by Typhoon Fabian.
Majority or 275 of these houses are in Iloilo, data from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-6) showed.
Of the figure, 55 houses were totally destroyed while 220 were partially damaged.
Thirty-seven of the totally destroyed houses are from Tigbauan, 10 from the city, 9 from Oton, and 1 from Miagao.
Of the partially damaged houses, 185 are from Tigbauan, 12 from Miagao, 10 from the city, 7 from Guimbal, and 6 from Oton.
In Antique, four houses were affected by the storm surge.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), a storm surge is an “abnormal rise in sea level that occurs during tropical cyclones.”
As of July 24, a total of 323 families composed of 842 individuals from 28 barangays in the region were affected by the wicked weather.
The RDRRMC-6 said the Iloilo Provincial Emergency Operation Center is still on heightened alert.
All stakeholders, Municipal DRRMOs and Response Clusters have been directed “to maintain a close monitoring and intensified coordination to ensure constant operational readiness and prompt response for the possible adverse effects of the bad weather in the province are established and provided.”IMT