Sunday, September 26, 2021

Pampanga agri damage reaches P118M; 96 villages remain flooded

SWOLLEN RIVER. An estimated P118.28 million damage in agriculture was reported in the province, as several towns and cities remain flooded due to swollen rivers and the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Fabian. (Apalit LGU)

DAMAGE from flooding brought by incessant rains of the southwest monsoon have resulted in an increase in the damage to Pampanga’s agriculture sector, which is now pegged at a total of P118,280,981, as 96 barangays in 10 local government units remain flooded.

Reports from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist show that the province had incurred damage of P69,087,435 on its palay production for the current wet cropping season.

Majority of the reported damage comes from Apalit town, which reported P34,418,807, followed by Candaba, which reported P21,679,177 worth of damage.

San Luis town also reported damage to its rice sector pegged at P7,593,185, while Mexico sustained some P5,289,600 worth of damage.

Magalang town has the lowest reported damage to its rice production at P106,665 as of Thursday, July 29.

Total damage to the palay sector in the province is currently at P69,087,435 with figures expected to rise as more reports come in from other flooded towns.

Pampanga’s fisheries sector had also been hit with Sasmuan town reporting damage worth P15,199,266, followed by Macabebe with P8,007,660. Masantol town has the highest reported damage with P25,986,620, as of Thursday. Total damage to the fisheries sector is currently at P49,193,546.

Latest reports from the Pampanga Risk Reduction and Management Office said that 96 barangays in Pampanga are still flooded due to the monsoon rains and water draining from upstream areas. Some 25 barangays in Masantol town remain flooded along with 21 barangays in Macabebe and 15 barangays of Lubao.

Most of the other towns in the Fourth District also reported flooding in their respective areas. There are currently six flooded barangays in Apalit along with four flooded barangays in Minalin and seven barangays in Santo Tomas. The Municipal Government of San Simon town also reported flooding in five of its barangays.

Some 347 families are currently housed in 30 evacuation centers in six local government units. The flooding had affected some 48,768 families or 211,359 individuals all over Pampanga.


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