FLOODS DESTROY PHP 500 M WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS, LIVESTOCK IN ISABELA

CITY OF ILAGAN — The provincial government of Isabela has registered an initial damages on agriculture crops and livestock due to widespread flooding brought by rains of typhoon Nona in Isabela.

In an initial damage assessment report of the provincial government, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PCRRMO), damages on crops had gone up to Php 500 million caused by rains brought by typhoon Nona last week.

Provincial Agriculturist Danilo Tumamao said the agriculture crops that registered the highest damage were in corn, followed by rice crops and high value crops, and on livestock.

Tumamao said corn registered Php 436.3 million damages while rice had Php 40.4 million. The amount can be added when the final assessment has been done by the agriculture office.

He said most of the corn lands that were affected are located near the Cagayan River and other river basins in Isabela.

The agriculture official said his office has registered an initial 700 hectares for high value crops while and 41 livestock like carabaos and cows were carried away by floods.

Last week, the province experienced continuous rains that filled the primary rivers in Isabela and destroyed large area of corn lands near the Cagayan River.

The floods also prompted local disaster risk reduction and management councils to evacuate residents from low-lying areas for their safety while the overflow bridges became impassable for several days last week. PNA/northboundasia.com