• Howler destroys P3-B crops in CLuzon

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    JUST a day after Typhoon Santi destroyed some P3-billion worth of agricultural products in Central Luzon, another weather disturbance entered the country’s area of responsibility.

    But Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, executive director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said on Tuesday that the new typhoon would not be as destructive as her predecessor.

    Rosario pointed out though that Tino is not expected to make a landfall and forecast to move north northwest at 20 kilometer per hour (kph).

    “Typhoon Tino is expected not to affect any part of the country,” del Rosario but still advised the public and the concerned risk reduction and management council to take appropriate actions.

    “Let us untiringly aim for zero casualty,” he stressed.

    Tino came in via East Northeast of Basco Batanes packing a maximum wins of 160kph and gustiness of up to 190kph.

    According to del Rosario, the new typhoon is expected to move out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday afternoon through northeast of Basco Batanes, 990 km east of Northern Taiwan.

    Meanwhile, the NDRRMC also reported that Typhoon Santi left a total P2.9-billion worth of damages to agriculture in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija.

    Damaged on agricultural crops was placed at P2.7 billion and P2.53 million to fisheries.

    Santi left 13 people dead, 32 injured and seven missing and affected a total of 154,766 families or 747,353 individuals in 682 different barangays in 67 municipalities and seven cities in 13 provinces of Regions I, II, III and IV-A.

    It also destroyed 8,720 houses and partially damaged 35,431 others in the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Aurora, Pampanga, Pangasinana and Nueva Vizcaa.

    Rice damage
    The damage to the rice sector brought by Typhoon Santi has reached P2.289 billion, affecting some 249,360 hectares of rice areas in Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Monday.

    In a report, the DA said that as of October 14, losses in i production were reported in three regions—Ilocos, Central Luzon, and Region 4B—following heavy rains and strong winds brought by the typhoon.

    The data also showed that Region 3 suffered the most production loss at P2.283 billion, followed by Region 1 with P3.415 million and Region 4B with P2.754 million.

    A total 134, 017 metric tons of palay were lost in some 249,360 hectares of rice areas. Of the total areas affected by the weather system, majority still has a chance of recovery.

    In Central Luzon, Nueva Ecija reported the biggest damage with 108,722 MT of palay worth P1.848 billion, followed by Tarlac with 11, 219 MT valued at P190 million, and Bulacan with 9,599 MT worth P178 million.

    DA data showed that the rice production loss in affected areas represent only 1.87 percent of total national target for October to December harvest. The government expects palay harvest in the three regions to reach 7.161 million MT during the period.

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