Damage to crops, fisheries caused by rains — P3.65M PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 August 2013 11:06

The City Agriculturist Office has reported a total of 361 hectares of farmlands and fishponds with a total cost of P3.65 million to have been damaged due to flash floods spawned by continuous rains and strong winds that hit the city from August 2-4.

In a reported submitted to Mayor Beng Climaco Thursday, August 8, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said hardest hit was the fishery sector where 230.3 hectares were inundated with total damage amounting to P2.95 million. Of the total area affected, 163 hectares were fishponds while 67.3 hectares were planted with seaweeds.

He revealed 131.4 hectares were farmlands planted with rice, corn and assorted vegetables. Cost of damage for farmlands reached P699,127.

Palacat said after validation last August 8,  a total of 304.57 hectares, of which 89.3 hectares are planted to crops and 215.3 hectares of areas for the fishery sector are considered to have no chance of recovery.

Recommendations are now being prepared by the City Agriculturist Office to help the farmers affected by the calamity. The same will be submitted to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council led by Mayor Climaco.

Specifically, farmers under the Tumaga district that includes San Jose Gusu, Guiwan, Tugbungan, Boalan, Talon-talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco are most affected with a total of 134.3 hectares of both farmlands, fishponds and seaweeds were ruined; 43.5 hectares of farmlands were affected in Ayala District which includes the barangays of Talisayan, Pamucutan, Recodo, Ayala and La Paz; 9.2 hectares of farmlands were destroyed Culianan District that includes the barangays of Salaan, Culianan and Cabaluay; 109 hectares of farmlands and fishponds/ seaweeds were affected in the Manicahan District that includes Bungiao, Manicahan, Licopan, Victoria and Bolong; 63 hectares of fishponds and farmlands in the Curuan District to include Calabasa and Buenavista and 2.2 hectares of farmlands and seaweeds were damaged in the Vitali District to include Sibulao, Vitali and Licomo.

The incessant rains from Friday to Sunday (August 2-4) triggered flashfloods and landslides that killed two children in Limpapa and displaced hundreds of families in at least 8 barangays.

Initial report of damage to infrastructures revealed some P7 million worth of ripraps and road facilities were also damaged, according to the City Engineer’s Office. Final report is expected this week based on assessment and validation.

Meanwhile, fresh flashfloods inundated barangays with rivers and waterways and those located in low lying areas due to incessant rains last August 8. Report of damage to crops and infrastructures has yet to be submitted. — Sheila Covarrubias