Zamboanga flash floods damage hits P3.65M

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat has reported that a total of P3.65-million worth of crops and fishery products covering 361 hectares were destroyed by the flash floods spawned by continuous rains that hit this city from August 2 to 4.

This city has experienced continuous rain during that period because of a low-pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao embedded in an inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ).

Palacat, in his report to Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, said the fishery sector was the hardest hit citing the flash flood inundated 230.3 hectares amounting to P2.95 million.

Of the total areas inundated, Palacat said 163 hectares were fishponds while the remaining 67.3 hectares were planted with seaweeds.

He said the 130.7 hectares of farmlands affected were planted with rice, corn and assorted vegetables and the cost of damage reached P699,127.

Palacat said the hardest hit among the six agricultural districts is the Tumaga district that covers the barangays of Arena Blanco, Boalan, Guiwan, Mampang, San Jose Gusu, Talon-Talon and Tugbungan.

He said recommendations are now being prepared by his office to help the farmers affected by the calamity.

Similar recommendations will also be submitted to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chaired by Salazar.

PNA

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