DPWH says Agaton left P1.45B in infrastructure damage

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MANILA, Philippines — The estimated damage caused to public infrastructure by Tropical Storm Agaton (international name Megi) is 1.45 billion pesos, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday (April 20). reached.

Citing a Bureau of Maintenance report, Public Works Minister Roger Mercado said damage left by Agaton on roads and bridges was estimated at 1.3 billion pesos in the eastern Visayas alone.

In the Soccsksargen region, the DPWH reported a damage estimate of P6.06 million on national roads. In the Caraga region, damage to roads and bridges was estimated at 27 million pesos.

DPWH cleared and reopened 47 roads out of 50 in the Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas regions.

Quick response teams are still clearing three remaining closed sections of National Road in Leyte and Southern Leyte provinces.

The DPWH aims to reopen the remaining roads that have been rendered impassable by landslides before the end of April.

Some of the remaining closed roads were in areas in Southern Leyte.

Warning signs have been installed as the DPWH continues to carry out clearance work.

According to the government agency, all other national road sections were passable, although 17 roads are still restricted due to road slides, landslides, damaged bridge approaches and foundation damage.

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