Damage to agriculture
and infrastructure in Central Luzon breaches Php7-billion
By Zorayda S.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Oct. 23 (PNA) -–The estimated worth of
damages in agriculture and infrastructure caused by the onslaught of typhoon
Lando in Central Luzon has breached Php7 billion, making it the most
devastating typhoon to hit Central Luzon this year.
Latest report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council (RDRRMC) showed the combined infrastructure and agriculture losses
pegged at Php7.3 billion in the region’s seven provinces, namely Aurora,
Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
The extent of damage to agriculture which covered rice, corn, high-value
crops, fisheries and livestocks caused by severe flooding was estimated at
The damage cost in infrastructures in the region which covered roads,
bridges, fishery and livestock facilities, on the other hand, was placed at
The region’s rice sector was severely affected with an estimated yield loss
at Php5.98 billion.
This was followed by high-value crops with damage cost reached to Php700
Damage to fisheries sector at Php68.27 million; corn at Php32.63 million and
livestocks at Php21.30 million.
Nueva Ecija, which is the main rice growing province in the region, suffered
most the brunt of typhoon Lando where its vast ricefields submerged by
floodwaters with an estimated damage cost to agriculture at Php3.6 billion.
The extent of damage in infrastructure in Nueva Ecija was at Php99 million.
The province of Tarlac was also severely affected with an extent of damages
in agriculture and infrastructure at Php1.22 billion.
Damage to agriculture in Bulacan, on the other hand, soared to Php874
million from the previous report of Php669 million.
In Aurora, the extent of damage to agriculture and infrastructure was
estimated at Php587 million and Php57.35 million, respectively.
The agriculture sector in Pampanga likewise suffered with damage cost at
Bataan’s agriculture was also hit by floods with an estimated loss at Php262
Zambales was also not spared by typhoon Lando, with damage to
infrastructures placed at Php120 million and in agriculture, the losses was
pegged at Php130 million.
Meanwhile, a total of 33,764 houses were totally (5,043) and partially
(28,721) damaged by the onslaught of the typhoon.
Of the provinces, Aurora topped the list with 4,605 (total) and 16,017
(partial) damaged houses, followed by Nueva Ecija with 686 (total) and 9,968
There were 12 casualties, 47 injured and 335,736 families or 1,359,266
persons in the region were affected by the typhoon. (PNA)