‘Odette’ leaves P1.9M in damage to crops-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Monday, September 23, 2013
TWO provinces in the region were affected by Typhoon Odette leaving over P1 million in crop damage.
Department of Agriculture regional technical director for operations Danilo Daguio said initial reports showed some 239 hectares mostly comprised of rice lands were affected by strong winds and rains brought about by the typhoon.
Daguio said damage reports would increase in the next few days after assessment and monitoring data start to arrive from the two provinces.
Aside from rice lands, some seven hectares planted with high value commercial crops were also damaged by rains brought about by the typhoon.
The DA official said some P1.325 million in damages to rice plantations were reported from the affected provinces while some P591,250 worth of crops based on current farmgate prices were devastated.
Of the two provinces, the DA official reported Apayao province suffered the most damage with some P1.64 million in damages to agriculture while Abra sustained some P267,699 in damage to standing crop.
The DA official stressed they are willing to extend assistance to affected farmers adding they are still continuing their assessment of affected farers to fully gauge the extent of damage caused by the typhoons.
He said the agency is ready to provide funds for repairs of warehouses, rebuilding of community seed banks, and farm to market roads rehabilitation projects.
Over the weekend classes in both Baguio and Benguet were suspended in all levels due to strong winds and rain.
Governor Nestor Fongwan suspended small scale mining activities in the province in a bid to keep miners safe from the underground.
In Sagada town, to avoid similar accidents in the past, the Sumaguing caves were ordered closed by the municipal government.
For the province there were a total of 69 damaged homes in Abra, Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province due to strong winds.
A total of 113 families were affected by the weekend onslaught of the typhoon representing 481 families in Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province.
Lubuagan town in Kalinga had the highest number of evacuees with 78 families representing 358 individuals followed by Tublay in Benguet with 22 families representing 59 persons displaced by the storm.
Typhoon Usagi, locally known as Typhoon Odette, is said to be the most powerful storm of the year anywhere in the world, had gusts of up to 220 kilometers an hour as it passed through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and Taiwan.
Four roads were closed to traffic as of Sunday afternoon due to heavy clearing work; the Abra- Kalinga Road, the Balbalan - Pinukpuk Road, the Kalinga - Abra Road and the Mt. Province - Ilocos Sur Tue road.
No damage was reported for the Benguet province as of press time. (With Maria Elena Catajan)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 24, 2013.