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‘Ulysses’ caused P126M agriculture losses in Pampanga

Nov 17, 2020 @ 14:44
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Agricultural losses due to Typhoon “Ulysses” amounted to around P126 million, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

The PDRRMC said in its November 16 report that the fishery sector incurred the greatest damage with P70 million in losses.

“Based on reports from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, our coastal towns were hardly hit due to the amount of damages in the fishery sector. Macabebe town was the hardest hit with an estimated P44.43 million damages in fishery products,” PDRRMO Head Angelina Blanco said in a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report.

This was followed by Masantol town with P14.42 million worth of losses; Minalin— P8.36 million; and Sasmuan — P3.02 million, the report said.

Aside from fishery products, PDRRMC also recorded damage to rice crops estimated at P52 million; and high value crops at P3 million.

“Arayat town recorded the greatest loss in rice crops which amounts to PhP14.82 million. Fourteen more towns reported damages including the cities of San Fernando and Mabalacat; as well as the towns of Porac, Guagua, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Mexico, Sta. Ana, Sto. Tomas, San Simon, Candaba, Bacolor, San Luis, and Lubao,” Blanco said.

The latest PDRRMC report showed that at least 539 families or 2,275 individuals are currently evacuated in 63 centers across the province.

“Ulysses” caused 252 totally damaged houses, with 7,440 more that are partially damaged.

The flooding in different towns also affected 67,474 families or 265,949 individuals, according to the PDRRMC report.

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