Maring’s record reached 39; agricultural damage is approaching 2 billion P2

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from severe Tropical Storm Maring has risen to 39, the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) reported yesterday.

The NDRMMC said 22 of the reported deaths have been verified.

Fourteen were recorded in Ilocos Sur, seven in Pangasinan, nine in Benguet, five in Palawan, two in Cagayan and one each in Ilocos Norte and La Union.

Sixteen people were reported missing while three were injured.

The NDRRMC said the storm affected 155,156 families or 611,705 people yesterday.

Damage to agriculture reached 1.74 billion pesos, with 56,718 farmers and fishermen affected, according to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations.

The production loss amounted to 91,422 metric tonnes, with 68,137 hectares of agricultural areas affected.

Products affected include rice, maize, high value crops, livestock and fisheries.

The DA said 28,952 hectares of rice had been harvested in Ilocos and the Cagayan Valley worth 2.08 billion pesos.

At least 55,654 tonnes of maize on 13,776 hectares worth 779.15 million pesos have also been saved.

State of calamity in La Union

In La Union, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution declaring a state of calamity.

The initial damage to agriculture in the province was estimated at 369.2 million pesos; livestock, 5.1 million pesos and infrastructure, 63.1 million pesos.

The provincial disaster risk reduction and management council said 259 barangays and 38,812 families or 135,881 people had been affected by the storm as of October 14.

Two were injured and three were missing.

The towns of Rosario, San Juan, Bauang, Sudipen, Tubao, Pugo, Naguilian, Sto. Tomas, Agoo, Bangar, Bagulin, Santol, San Gabriel, Luna, Bacnotan, Balaoan and Burgos were the most affected by the weather disturbances.

Many barangays have experienced flooding and power outages.

The declaration of the state of calamity will ensure the use of a rapid response and corresponding funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Dagupan City Council in Pangasinan previously declared a state of calamity amid widespread flooding.

At least 165 families were reportedly initially displaced.

P1.5-B aid to farmers, fishermen

The DA said it has deployed aid worth 1.5 billion pesos to farmers and fishermen affected by the storm.

The DA said 650 million pesos was for emergency loans under the SURE Calamity Loan Assistance program through its Agricultural Credit Policy Council.

“Affected households can borrow 20,000 pesos each without interest, without collateral and payable over 10 years,” the DA said.

The agency said 172 million pesos had been allocated under its rapid response fund to rehabilitate affected areas in the Cordilleras, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, central Luzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas. , the Central Visayas and Soccsksargen.

At least 370 million pesos of crop insurance has been made available by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. to compensate affected farmers in Luzon. – Eva Visperas

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