CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The week-long monsoon rains registered some P9,321,098 damage in rice crops, according to the report of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC).
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported that some P332,184 worth of rice crops were damaged in Magalang town, while Apalit reported some P5,780,360 worth of damage to rice crops, the biggest so far, followed by Candaba town with P3,208,553 worth of damage.
Meanwhile, city and municipal disaster management offices have been advised to activate their disaster response program, conduct close monitoring especially in areas prone to flash floods, water surges and landslides, and implement pre-emptive evacuation if needed.
The local DRRMs are also tasked to submit situational report at least every six hours and advise the PDRRMO if augmentation of equipment and manpower is needed in their area as more rains are expected this weekend.
At 3 p.m. Friday, August 2, the Southwest Monsoon is still prevailing over most of Luzon and affecting the western section with light to moderate rains. Also a low pressure area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 915 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.9°N, 132.7°E).