Storm Nock-Ten claims over 400,000 USD worth of Philippine crops

15:52, July 28, 2011      

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Tropical storm Nock-Ten (local name: Juaning) damaged 17.17 million pesos (about 407,664 U.S. dollars) worth of Philippine crops, according to initial report filed Thursday by the agriculture department.

Nock-Ten, which triggered flash floods, destroyed 2,977 hectares of farmland planted with rice, damaging 10.83 million pesos (257,183 U.S. dollars) worth of unmilled rice.

A total of 612 metric tons of fruits and vegetables and 11 tons of corn were also destroyed.

Agriculture Undersecretary Joel Rudinas said the effect of the losses is negligible, but he expects the losses to climb after the regional officials complete their survey of areas battered by the storm.

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