By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Office of the Provincial Agriculture revealed that the initial damage to agricultural crops in Negros Occidental caused by the low-pressure area and the shear line last week is estimated at P30,465,365.06.
Provincial Agriculturist Edmundo Raul Causing said damaged rice crops were valued at P29,774,965.06, corn at P136,800, and other high-value crops at P553,600.
He also reported that 1,489 farmers were affected while 1,471.12 hectares planted with rice, 12.42 hectares for high-value crops, and 1.8 hectares for corn in 89 barangays of 10 Negros Occidental local government units were also damaged.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office also reported that about 15,198 persons from 4,476 families were affected by floods due to heavy rains.
Floods were reported in the cities of Cadiz, Sagay, Bago, Talisay and in the municipalities of Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog, San Enrique, and Valladolid.