Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Central Luzon breaches Php7-billion
By Zorayda S. Tecson

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 Php6.8 billion.

The damage cost in infrastructures in the region which covered roads, bridges, fishery and livestock facilities, on the other hand, was placed at Php500 million.

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 million.

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 Php366 million.

Bataan’s agriculture was also hit by floods with an estimated loss at Php262 million.

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 (partial).

There were 12 casualties, 47 injured and 335,736 families or 1,359,266 persons in the region were affected by the typhoon. (PNA)

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