CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: The damage caused by tropical storm Kabayan to agriculture in Central Luzon reached P841 million.
An assessment report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) showed that production losses covered damage to rice, high-value crops and livestock in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Tarlac.
The rice sector reported the biggest loss pegged at P831.26 million, followed by high-value crops with P8.15 million and livestock with P1.74 million.
Nueva Ecija was hardest hit in the region with P805 million worth of damages in the rice sector, P8.15 million in high value crops and P1.74 million in livestock because of floods.
Bulacan was the second most affected province with P9.57-million damage in rice sector.
In Aurora where Kabayan made landfall, damage to rice was at P5.6 million while Tarlac and Bataan suffered P5.39 million and P4.95 million damages, respectively.
Zambales was the only province in the region spared from the storm’s onslaught.
Meanwhile, some P2.29 million worth of assistance was provided to affected areas in the region by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, provincial governments and local government units.
Kabayan left four persons dead, one injured and one still missing, with 74 villages in Central Luzon hit by floods affecting some 11,641 families or 56,629 individuals.