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Typhoon Ulysses leaves a damage in Luzon

Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco)lashed the main island of Luzon on 11-12 November, whipping destructive winds and dumping torrential rainfall over a wide area, triggering extensive flooding in several areas, including Metro Manila, and which has led to further displacement and increased the hardship of vulnerable people. Heavy rains affected the same areas in Bicol Region that were previously devastated by Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni).

And Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) left more than P88.7 million worth of damage to agriculture in Bataan, according to the provincial government's latest assessment. 

Josefina Timoteo, chief of Bataan's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, gave a breakdown of the damage:

- rice crops - P34.51 million
- corn - P0.542 million
- cassava - P0.11 million
- fisheries - P5.6 million
- high value crops - P47.98 million

Meanwhile, at least 1,562 families or 6,438 individuals were affected by Ulysses, according to Timoteo. Mostly residing in coastal areas, they were preemptively evacuated for fear of storm surges.

In a report to Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, Timoteo said the typhoon damaged 3 government-owned structures, and partially damaged 24 public school buildings. 

At least 3 houses in Bataan were also totally damaged, while 30 were partially damaged.