The recent floods caused P85.4 million in damage to southern Negros Occidental, partial reports showed yesterday.
Flood-damage to crops, irrigation and fisheries reached P75.9 million as of yesterday, Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan reported.
Hinoba-an town reported damage to bridges, roads, flood control, canals, and riverbank protection at P9,518,216.
Tabianan said damage to palay and corn in flood hit areas reached P57,333,048, fisheries – P10,011,285, irrigation projects – P8 million and other crops P559,705.
The worse-hit by crop damage was Sipalay City at P16,160,520, followed by Ilog – P11,997,800, Hinoba-an – P11,956,900, Kabankalan – P6,976,000, Cauayan – P2,624,000, Himamaylan City – P1,984,520;
Candoni – P1,602,480, La Castellana – P1,365,440, Hinigaran – P1,120,760, Moises Padilla – P1,059,728, Binalbagan – P708,400, Isabela – P132,600, La Carlota City – P60,000, and Pontevedra – P60,000.
Fisheries damage in Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, Ilog and Hinobaan were to fishponds and fishing boats.
A partial report showed damage to irrigation in Sipalay City at P5 million, Hinobaan – P1 million and Cauayan – P2 million.
Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said that as of yesterday, the provincial government had provided food assistance to 3,738 families in Hinigaran, Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, Ilog, Sipalay City and Hinobaan.
The relief assistance is ongoing, he added.
Negros Occidental is fortunate that, despite the heavy flooding recently, no lives were lost, Lacson said.
He said the declaration of a state of calamity in Negros Occidental by Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Wednesday opens up the use of additional funds for immediate relief to the flood-hit areas.
The areas hit are Sipalay, Kabankalan, Himamaylan and La Carlota cities, and Hinobaan, Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog, Hinigaran, Isabela, Binalbagan, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Salvador Benedicto and San Enrique towns.
Other allocations can be made after rehabilitation plans are designed to address other-flood damaged infrastructure, he added.*CPG