Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Typhoons, floods cause P700-M farm damages (about USD 14.3 million)

Jennifer A. Ng in the Business Mirror (Philippines): Losses sustained by the country’s farm sector caused by four tropical cyclones and flooding in Mindanao have climbed to P692 million [about USD 14.3 million], data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed. The DA Central Action Center (Dacac) showed that Tropical Storm Jolina, which affected the country in early August, caused the biggest damage at P280.12 million.

“The storm affected Regions 4B and 6, including the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz,” said Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Jesus Emmanuel Paras in his report. Flooding in Region 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) caused damages totaling P238.95 million.

Typhoon Kiko, which also affected the Philippines in early August, increased damages by P117.04 million. Tropical Storm Isang and Tropical Depression Gorio ravaged Luzon and caused a combined P56.5 million in damages to crops and farm infrastructure….

Tropical storm Goni (or Jolina), at peak intensity over Macau, via NOAA

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