Typhoon "Ketsana" damage to Philippine agriculture rises to $130 mln

10:09, October 06, 2009      

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Filipino flood evacuees are seen at a sports complex of a school used as evacuation center in Pasig City, east of Manila, capital of the Philippines, on Oct. 5, 2009. Over 3 million people are still struggling to recover from floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana that hit Metro Manila and surrounding provinces in recent days, while at least 17 people were killed when typhoon Parma pummelled the north-eastern Philippines since Oct. 3. (Xinhua/Luis Liwanag)

The Philippine agriculture sector incurred 6.4 billion pesos (about 130 million U.S. dollars) worth of losses as tropical depression "Ondoy" (international code name: "Ketsana") flooded key farm areas in Luzon, northern Philippines.

This almost doubled the initial estimated losses of 3.6 billion pesos (about 76 million U.S. dollars) which Philippine agriculture officials reported last week.


A Filipino man manually cools his wife and one-month-old daughter with a cardboard at a sports complex of a school used as evacuation center in Pasig City, east of Manila, capital of the Philippines, on Oct. 5, 2009. (Xinhua/Luis Liwanag)

In its latest report issued on Monday, the Philippine department of agriculture said that the rice sector posted the biggest amount of damage at 5 billion pesos (about 106 million U.S. dollars). An estimated 293, 849 tons of palay (paddy rice) were damaged.

The typhoon submerged 183,366 hectares of ricelands. The agriculture department expects that standing crops in 150,750 hectares will be able to recover.

"Ketsana" also damaged fish ponds and irrigation facilities; killed thousands of poultry and livestock; and destroyed standing crops of corn and vegetables.

Source: Xinhua
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