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Damage to agri, infra from typhoon Egay, 'habagat' reaches over P5B
Damage to agri, infra from typhoon Egay, 'habagat' reaches over P5B
Damage to agri, infra from typhoon Egay, 'habagat' reaches over P5B
by Daylight Abas01 August 2023
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Typhoon Egay and the southwest monsoon (habagat) have inflicted around PHP5.4 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday that infrastructure damage in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Calabarzon has reached PHP3.51 billion.

Moreover, the agricultural losses in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were estimated at PHP 1.96 billion.

Some 41,591 residences were reported damaged, with a total of 668,974 impacted households totaling 2,452,738 people from 4,164 barangays.

In 736 evacuation facilities, 13,718 families, or 50,467 people, are being helped, while 63,066 households, or 262,008 people, are being helped outdoors.

According to the Office of Civil Defense, the impacted households are a mix of individuals who have been displaced and those who do not require transfer or removal from their homes. It mentioned as an example families whose source of income was affected but who did not require evacuation.

The death toll stands at 25, with two verified and 23 under investigation. In addition, 52 people were reported injured, with 39 of them confirmed.

The NDRRMC is also investigating the claims of 13 missing people.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said that adverse weather has harmed 123,274 farmers and fishermen in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Soccsksargen, and Caraga.

A total of 147,063 hectares were also damaged, with a total production loss of 86,975 metric tons (MT).

Rice, corn, high-value crops, cattle and poultry, and fisheries are among the commodities affected, according to the report.

Some farm and fishing infrastructure and equipment have also been damaged, with the total price still being determined.

The Regional Field Offices (RFOs) are studying the effects of Egay on agriculture and fisheries.

Furthermore, the DA announced that the following types of assistance are available for distribution to affected farmers and fishermen: 111,873 bags of rice seeds, 14,426 bags of corn seeds, and 2,582 kilograms of assorted vegetable seeds from Egay-affected regions; drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry; and a revolving fund.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has also made tilapia, carp, and catfish fingerlings worth PHP 62,000 available to impacted fishermen.

Other available assistance for affected farmers and fishermen includes a PHP200 million loan program from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) with loanable amounts of up to PHP25,000 payable in three years at zero interest, and a PHP500 million Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas.

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