THE number of reported casualties as well as damage to farmland from severe Tropical Storm Maring has increased, government officials reported on Sunday.
According to the latest government report released on October 17, damage from the Maring assault on farms in eight regions is approaching 2 billion P2 and more than 60,000 farmers are affected.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said agricultural losses from the typhoon reached 1.87 billion pesos with 60,195 farmers affected.
Losses were recorded on 69,868 hectares of damaged agricultural areas in the Cordillera administrative region, Ilocos region, central Luzon, Mimaropa, Bicol region, Western Visayas and Soccsksargen. Maring caused a loss of production volume of approximately 91,407 metric tonnes (MT).
“Affected products include rice, maize, high-value crops, livestock and fisheries, as well as irrigation and agricultural facilities. These values are subject to validation, ”the AD Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations said in its Bulletin 9 published on Sunday morning.
He added that the regional field offices (RFOs) of the DA are carrying out an assessment and validation of the damage and losses caused by the storm in the agro-fishing sector.
The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) said its data revealed that storm damage to agricultural products reached 2.173 billion pesos.
The losses increased
The NDRRMC also reported an increase in casualties and damage to infrastructure after Maring made landfall six days ago.
As of Sunday, the death toll stood at 40, while several areas in northern and central Luzon remained flooded.
Of the 40 victims, the NDRRMC said 23 have been validated while 17 are in the process of official confirmation. At least 16 people are still missing while three others have been injured.
Ilocos Sur province, which has recorded its most severe and extensive flooding in years, recorded 14 deaths, followed by Pangasinan with seven and Benguet with nine.
While it has been days since Maring left the country, at least 25 areas in Regions 1 and 3 are still flooded while four areas, still in Region 1, are still without communication.
At least 27 towns and cities and eight other towns and villages have remained without electricity and water, respectively, but maintenance staff are working to restore them.
The NDRRMC said damage Maring caused to government projects reached 1.056 billion pesos apart from a total of 7,399 houses that were totally and partially damaged in southern, northern and central Luzon and Caraga. , which covers the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Butuan City.
According to the NDRRMC, Maring reached 155,156 families or 611,705 people in regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B and 6 and in Caraga and the National Capital Region.
The latest DA assessment showed that the rice sector remained the most affected sector as it accounted for 72.26 percent of the total estimated damage and loss.
The rice sector has recorded losses of 1.4 billion pesos to date with 60,154 hectares of farms affected and an estimated loss of volume of 77,258 MT, according to DA.
The DA said storm damage to the corn sector reached 144.9 million pesos with a volume loss of 8,624 MT from 7,830 hectares affected.
The DA added that the fishing sector recorded 110.1 million pesos in losses with 1,736 fishermen affected. The DA said it also recorded damage worth 140.6 million pesos to various irrigation and agricultural facilities, including diversion dams, small hydraulic irrigation and communal irrigation projects.
On the other hand, High Value Added Crops (HCV) farmers reported an income loss of nearly 80 million pesos, with 5,526 tons of their produce damaged on 1,883 hectares of land.
The damage and losses caused by the typhoon to the livestock and poultry sector reached 42.4 million pesos as Maring affected 19,515 head of chickens, cattle, pigs, carabao, horses, goat, duck, mutton, turkey, rabbit and goose.
The DA said it will provide 1.5 billion pesos in interventions and assistance to farmers and fishermen affected by Typhoon Maring.
Interventions include the following: a rapid response fund worth 172 million pesos to rehabilitate affected areas; P296 million free seeds (rice, corn, assorted vegetables); 19 million pounds of fry; and, P1 million medicines and biologics for livestock and poultry.
The DA added that affected farmers could take advantage of the 650 million pesos of emergency credit offered by the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC). In addition, the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) will compensate the 44,208 affected farmers in CAR, in regions I, II, III and Mimaropa for a value of 370 million pesos, according to the DA.
“The DA will continue to coordinate with the NGAs, LGUs and other DRRM-related offices concerned for the impact of ‘MARING’, as well as the resources available for interventions and assistance,” he said. declared.