POLANGUI, Albay: Typhoon Quinta damaged crops worth P300 million in Bicol, the region’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.
Claudio Yucot, OCD Bicol regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman said Quinta destroyed 5, 588.08 hectares of rice farms and high-value crops in two provinces. The damage was placed at P286.29 million.
The biggest damage was reported in Camarines Sur, with at least 4,451.68 hectares of palay (unmilled rice) farms ravaged down by the tropical storm with an estimated damage worth P217 million. In Sorsogon, high-value crops worth P7.4 million planted in 41.4 hectares were destroyed.
In Albay province, Alfredo Mariscotes, municipal agriculture officer in Polangui town said at least 180 hectares of palay farms were devastated. He noted that crop damage in the province could be placed at no less than P50 million in Polangui town alone.
“We are saddened by this disaster because we have a pandemic and a series of weather disturbances badly affecting are farmers. The vast track of palay farms devastated by typhoon Quinta is beyond recovery,” Albay Rep. Fernando Cabredo said.
Typhoon Quinta affected close to 1 million Bicolanos. The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol reported that 608 villages in Bicol, with 213, 145 families or 843,508 persons, were affected by the typhoon.