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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Banaue under state of calamity after flash flood, damage on crops at P14.6M

Ifugao, Philippines – Banaue, Ifugao is under a state of calamity following a flash flood that surprised communities, destroying properties and displacing households.

The Department of Agriculture reported that agricultural damage and losses caused by the flash flood and mud flow in Banaue, Ifugao on July 06 reached P14.6 million.

The flash flood, brought about by heavy rainfall, affected 684 farmers, with production loss volume at 728 metric tons and 198 hectares of agricultural areas. This is as of 6:00 PM of Saturday, July 09.

In order to help in the recovery of the farmers affected, the agency pledged to provide rice, corn, and assorted vegetable seeds and drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry.

The Survival and Recovery Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council will likewise be rolled out by the DA.

Further, the department will give Quick Response Fund for the rehabilitation of the areas affected.

For indemnification, available funds from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation will be provided.

Banaue under state of calamity

Banaue Mayor Joel Bungalon confirmed that the municipality is under a state of calamity on Friday morning, July 08. The declaration allows the release of an emergency fund.

The fund, said the mayor, shall be for rehabilitation and needed supplies of the 500 affected families from Barangays Amganad, Poblacion, Tam-an, Viewpoint, Poitan, and Bocos.

Initial list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera showed two houses were totally damaged, while 327 were partially damaged.

Three residents were earlier reported to have sustained minor injuries. No casualties were reported.

While electricity is already back in the entire municipality, the residents are still struggling with the supply of water after the flash flood destroyed some pipes of their water system.

Authorities are still working with clearing operations and necessary aids for their constituents.


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