Agri damage due to âRositaâ hits P1.82 billion
In this image provided by the Department of Public Works and Highways, Mountain Province District Engineering Office, rescuers prepare to dig through the earth to search for survivors after a massive landslide, set off by Typhoon Yutu, crashed down on two government buildings in Natonin township, Mountain Province in northern Philippines Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.
Agri damage due to ‘Rosita’ hits P1.82 billion
( - November 3, 2018 - 5:29pm

MANILA, Philippines — Damage caused by Typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) to agriculture has now reached P1.82 billion, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

In a Facebook post Friday, Piñol said "Rosita" battered a total of 90,052 hectares of agricultural areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region, as well as in Regions I, II and III.

Estimated volume of production loss was pegged at 98,060 metric tons, he also said.

Broken down, P1.39 billion worth of rice was destroyed during the onslaught, accounting for 76.67 percent of total crop damage due to "Rosita."

"Rosita," the 18th typhoon to visit the country this year, weakened considerably from its earlier super typhoon status over the Pacific Ocean before slamming into the Philippines' northeastern Isabela province before dawn Tuesday.

Aside from landslides, the typhoon also knocked down trees and power posts and ripped roofs off houses and stores, officials said.

"Rosita" lashed the country more than a month after monster Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) smashed vast swathes of farmlands in northern Luzon and fanned domestic inflation.

Agricultural output has historically contributed a tenth to the country’s gross domestic product. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral with The Associated Press

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