• State of calamity eyed for Zamboanga

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has recommended to the City Council the declaration of a state of calamity in this city.

    The recommendation was reached during an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon in view of escalating damage to agriculture and fishery products brought about by the continuing dry spell.

    Salazar, CDRRMC chairperson, has requested the City Council to convene in a special session to tackle the recommendation, which she declared urgent.

    The City Council is set to convene in a special session today in the morning.

    The declaration of a state of calamity will enable the city government including agencies such as the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) to utilize calamity funds for measures to mitigate the effects of the dry spell such as cloud seeding operations.

    As attested by barangay officials of areas affected by the drought, the damage to crops and fishery products continued to swell, as bush fires aggravated the situation.

    City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat reported during the CDRRMC emergency meeting that a total of 8,924 hectares planted with rice, corn, assorted vegetables, banana, rubber, cassava and coconut have been affected with an estimated value of P132.54 million as of Monday.

    Of the total 25 irrigation dams in this city, Palacat said, nine have dried up, six are in critical condition while 10 are below the normal water level.

    Arnulfo Alfonso, ZCWD technical services department head, reported the water level at the ZCWD’s diversion dam reached the critical level of 73.9 meters as of Monday.

    PNA

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