LEGAZPI CITY (28-Dec-2012/PNA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Thursday placed at over P32 million the initial damage to agricultural losses in Bicol’s five provinces due to widespread flooding spawned by tropical depression “Quinta.”
RDRRMC chairperson Bernardo Alejandro said damages to agriculture are expected to increase as more reports will start to come in.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said 14,898 metric tons of rice and corn products valued at more than P32 million in the provinces of Albay, and the Camarines provinces and Masbate were destroyed due to flooding.
The report said P29 million worth of rice crops planted in 3,357 hectares were lost in Albay, Camarines Sur and Norte while 743 metric tons of corn worth of P3.5 million planted in 1,641 hectare in Camarines Sur and Masbate were also destroyed.
In Albay, the Provincial Disaster Council said they have allowed the thousands of families in evacuation camps to return home after flooding subsided.
Maria Cristina Ador, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Office, said there were at least 2,513 families or 13,067 people housed in various evacuation centers in the towns of Polangui, Camalig, Jovellar, Malinao and Bacacay.