LEGAZPI CITY – Albay province lost some P1 billion in agricultural crops, livestock and infrastructure after tropical storm “Juaning” dumped heavy rains in Bicol on Wednesday that triggered massive flooding and landslide in 15 towns and three cities across the province, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said Friday.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda, PDRRMC chairperson, said floods, mudflows, and landslides spawned by “Juaning” destroyed P951,456,000 worth of public infrastructures such as roads, bridges, dikes, and irrigation canals.
Damage to agriculture and livestock was estimated at P70.4 million in production losses affecting 13,339 hectares of rice, corn and vegetables crops with 7,795 farmers affected across the province. “Juaning” left the province with nine people killed, and one still missing and affected some 107,934 families or 557,448 people of which 56,955 families or 295,179 people are now housed in various evacuation camps. (PNA)