Flood destroys P57.9M of crops-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE widespread flashfloods spawned by the five-day continuous rain destroyed some 6.47 hectares of farmlands and fishponds with an estimated worth of P57.9 million in Zamboanga City.
The death toll due to the massive floods, meanwhile, rose to five and the victims were either drowned due to rampaging waters or were electrocuted at the height of the flood.
The victims were from the villages of Putik, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Tugbungan, and Tumaga.
City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, in his initial report to Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, said that the hardest hit is the fishery sector that includes fishponds and seaweeds that cover a total of 4.4 hectares with damage costing P36.14 million.
The remaining 2.03 hectares cover agricultural crops that include rice, corn, and assorted vegetables with damage estimated to reach P21.84 million, according to Palacat’s report.
Palacat said only 1.38 hectares of the total area inundated have the chances of recovery.
Meanwhile, the number of evacuees as of 10 a.m. Wednesday also rose to 4,804 families for a total of 17,026 individuals coming from 25 of the 98 villages hit by the floods.
The relief operations in the evacuation centers are a joint effort of the City Government and the village officials, who were directed by Salazar to utilize their calamity funds and to mobilize all resources to assist their constituents.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has recommended the City Council to approve a resolution declaring this city to be under a state of calamity due to the massive flood last Friday.