• Storm destroys P60-M crops, fishes in N. Luzon

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     SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Department of Agriculture Regional Office here on Tuesday estimated the damage to agriculture and fisheries brought by Typhoon Luis at P60 million.
    Velentino Perdido, regional executive director,
    made the initial assessment after the storm unleashed its fury on northern Luzon on Monday.

    Perdido said Pangasinan was the hardest hit with the destruction of rice fields and animals worth P47 million followed by La Union (P10.4 million), Ilocos Norte (P9.8 million) and Ilocos Sur (P1.8 million).

    “There is now a report that 2, 127 hectares of rice farm were flooded. Pangasinan is a low-lying area that’s why it’s perennially flooded, however, there are portion of these damaged which are not yet reproductive,” he said over a radio interview.

    Perdido said that rice buffer seeds are also ready for the totally affected farmers but cannot confirm if the suppliers have raised their price per kilo because of the typhoon and also all other agricultural products.

    In La Union, the town of Sto. Tomas suffered losses in fisheries after 200,000 bangus and tilapia fingerlings worth P3.2 million were killed during the storm.

    “The partial damage was only in Sto. Tomas,” said provincial agricultural officer Myrna Gacutan said over the phone.

    Damage to 912 hectares of farms in the towns of Balaoan, Luna, Sto. Tomas, Caba, Agoo and Tubao was estimated at P7.2 million.

    Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said Sto. Tomas has the highest number of residents affected among six towns devastated by the storm at 4, 682 people or 751 families coming from the villages of Tococ, Baybay, Cabaruan,  Narvacan, Namonitan, Namboongan, Linong, Poblacion and Balsaan.

    PDRRMC official Bobby Valdriz is still assessing the damage in fisheries in these areas.

    Also affected were 200 residents in the town of Agoo, mostly from San Marcos, Agustin Sur and Sta. Fe villages, and 173 people from Las-ud and Santiago Sur villages in Caba town.

    Meanwhile, the La Union Electric Company is still working on the total power restoration in the towns of Bacnotan, Luna, Santol, Balaoan and Bangar. Other towns without power were Bauang, Pugo, Naguilian, Aringay, Agoo, Sto. Tomas, Rosario, Caba and Bagulin.          WILLIAM JUN GARCIA

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