Damage to agri, infra in C. Luzon due to ‘habagat’ reaches PHP256.91-M

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in areas devastated by recent monsoon rains in Central Luzon has been estimated at PHP256.91 million.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said agriculture suffered about PHP256.89 million in losses, while damage to facilities used for fishing was initially reported at PHP11,000.

Agricultural losses covered rice, corn, high-value crops, fish and livestock in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

The rice sector took the biggest hit with losses running into PHP135.85 million, followed by the fishery sector with PHP100.28 million; corn, PHP12.15 million; high-value crops, PHP8.05 million; and livestock, PHP500,875.

Pampanga was the hardest hit among the provinces in the region with damage to agriculture reported at PHP104.86 million, and the fishery sector, PHP88.43 million. Its rice sector sustained PHP15.59 million in losses; corn, PHP739,050; and high-value crops, PHP96,200.

Damage to Tarlac’s agriculture sector reached PHP62.37 million, with the rice sector suffering the most with PHP57 million in losses.

Bulacan’s farming sector lost PHP41.45 million, with the rice sector sustaining PHP28.83 million in losses, followed by the fishery sector (PHP10.79 million), high-value crops(PHP1.74 million), and livestock (PHP99,500).

In Zambales, damage to agricultural and fishery facilities were put at PHP3.78 million and PHP11,000, respectively.

Although the province of Aurora was not directly affected by the monsoon rains, its corn sector suffered losses valued at PHP5.41 million.

Meanwhile, days of continuous monsoon rains destroyed 12 houses and partially damaged 7.

The number of fatalities rose to six with the addition of two victims — Joseph Cepeda, 18, of Villarica Subd., Barangay Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan who drowned; and Orlando Reneres, 43, of Purok 9, Barangay Concepcion, Lubao, Pampanga.

The number of those injured on the other hand reached 10 — six in Olongapo City, three in Pampanga, and one in Bataan.

The RDRRMC said the figures could still balloon when reports from other provinces come in. PNA/northboundasia.com