Floods cause P57.9M damage to agri crops, fishery products PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:36

The 5-day continuous rains inundated agricultural crops and fishery products with damage estimated to cost P57.9 million stretching through 6.47 hectares of farmlands and fishponds.

In his initial report submitted to Mayor Beng Climaco, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said 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.

Of the total area inundated, only 1.38 hectares are with chance of recovery, according to Palacat.

Meanwhile, the number of evacuees as of 10am yesterday also rose to 4,804 families for a total of 17,026 individuals coming from 25 barangays said to be hard hit by the widespread flashfloods. These barangays include Ayala, Baliwasan, Boalan, Calarian, Curuan, Divisoria, Lanzones, Maasin, Malagutay, Pasonanca, Putik, Recodo, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Sinunuc, Sta. Maria, Talon-talon, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Tumaga, Vitali, Zambowood, Talisayan, Labuan and Patalon.

The fatalities were reported in Putik, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Tugbungan and Tumaga.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) led by Mayor Beng Climaco has recommended the City Council to approve a resolution declaring Zamboanga to be under a state of calamity due to the massive flood caused by the 5-day continuous rains that started October 4.

The mass evacuations Monday night (Oct. 7) as rains became intense on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday night, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. dispatched again rescue teams to Marcos Drive in Putik due to floods caused by the swelling of river and damaged riprap facility.

The rescue operations were done with the support and cooperation of the radio groups, Aleson Shipping Lines Inc., Bureau of Fire Protection, CEO-GSO, Coast Guard, Coast Guard (Auxiliary), EAAB, Red Cross, Task Force Zamboanga, Contractors, PNP, Magnolia Shipping Lines and Everlines.

Relief operations in the evacuation centers are a joint effort of the city government and the barangay officials, who were directed by Mayor Climaco to utilize their calamity funds and to mobilize all resources to assist their constituents. — Sheila Covarrubias